In Pakistan, point-of-sale (POS) transactions processed through the major digital payment systems decreased by over 50%, according to statistics released on Thursday, after the former prime minister Imran Khan’s detention sparked nationwide unrest and the government shut down mobile internet connections.

The two biggest payment system providers, 1LINK and Habib Bank Ltd (HBL), claimed that the suspension of mobile broadband was the main cause of the downturn, along with fewer foot traffic at the few stores that had been opened because of the political unrest.

Tuesday’s unexpected loss of internet connection in a number of Pakistani towns created problems for internet users and worries for companies. Users’ dissatisfaction increased when big social media websites like YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter had their services banned in several areas. Additionally, a number of other cities’ internet connections were also impacted, making it challenging for residents to go about their everyday lives.

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