PTI’s virtual jalsa sparks humour amidst cyber blackout flashbacks


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In a twist of digital fate, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has sent ripples through social media by announcing another virtual jalsa scheduled for tomorrow. The last time PTI orchestrated a virtual gathering, it turned heads and keyboards alike.

Flashback to December 17, when PTI’s held their last virtual jalsa – referred to as a “fundraising telethon”. However, what captured the nation’s attention wasn’t the political spectacle itself, but the unforeseen consequences that unfolded in its wake.

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On that day, major cities across Pakistan found themselves grappling with a social media blackout coupled with erratic internet connectivity. Facebook, Instagram, X (formerly Twitter), and YouTube became elusive digital landscapes, leaving netizens in the dark, both figuratively and literally.

Social media users promptly turned to VPNs – now a popular reality for a nation frequently faced with censorship and social media blackouts. The whole ordeal ended up making the virtual jalsa a lot more popular and renowned that it probably would have been on its own.

Netizens did not lose that opportunity to share their humourous ideas either:

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Now with the announcement of another virtual jalsa, the online banter among social media users suggests that the prospect of facing another internet hiccup during PTI’s virtual gathering. Memes and witty remarks about preparing for a “digital detox” or laying bets on which platform will be the first to surrender to the impending cyber saga have flooded the digital landscape.

Here are some of the ideas being shared by the netizens:

Some came up with innovative solutions:

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The recent rift within the party has not escaped anyone’s notice either:

As the countdown to PTI’s virtual jalsa begins, social media users are bracing themselves for the unexpected, proving once again that in the world of politics and the internet, surprises are never too far away. Whether the upcoming virtual jalsa will mark a repeat performance of the digital blackout or become a glitch-free affair remains to be seen, but one thing is for sure – the online community is ready for the ride.

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