Dhaka, Nov. 21 -- Internet and technology companies have threatened to leave Pakistan after the government granted blanket powers to authorities to censor digital content, a move to allegedly curtail freedom of expression in the conservative Islamic nation.

Thursday's warning from the Asia Internet Coalition, which represents global technology giants including Google, Facebook and Twitter, comes after the government of Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan granted enhanced powers to government media regulators Wednesday, reports AP.

The coalition said it was "alarmed by the scope of Pakistan's new law targeting internet companies, as well as the government's opaque process by which these rules were developed."

Under the new regulations, s...