Reply sought from govt over frequent suspension of mobile phone service

Zubair Qureshi

Islamabad—Attorney General of Pakistan has been directed to appear before the Islamabad High Court (IHC) and explain why mobile phone service is frequently suspended in the federal capital and under which law. It may be mentioned that the government has been suspending the cell phone services frequently in the name of security and prevention of terrorist threats whenever there is some important day to be marked.
Justice Athar Minallah of the IHC issued this order here on Tuesday while hearing a writ petition filed by a number of citizens. During the hearing Pakistan Telecommunication Authority’s (PTA) counsel Munawar Iqbal told the court that PTA cannot suspend nor issue directions to the cellular companies to suspend their network service.
The government’s counsel Munawwar Iqbal in reply to the PTA’s counsel said the federal government on Dec 26, 2009 had issued directions about the mechanism of suspension of any phone service and the PTA only follows those orders, said Mr Munawar Iqbal.

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