Written by administrator on March 23rd, 2012
Security: Cell phone services in Balochistan suspended on Pakistan Day
News from The Express Tribune:
Officials say suspension effort to keep check on militants, PPP MNA denies security is the reason behind it.
ISLAMBAD: The government shut down cell phone services in Balochistan on Pakistan Day, an action that some officials claimed was taken to keep a check on militants in the province.
“Cellular services were suspended from 8am to 12am in Balochistan in an order to implement national security policy,” said Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) Chairman Dr Mohammad Yasin.
The Ministry of Information Technology on the directions of Interior Minister Rehman Malik asked PTA to cut off mobile services, added officials.
Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) MNA Ayatullah Durrani denied that the shutdown was due to security reasons. “The government blocked cellular services for replacing the old system with new communication transfer.”
“PTA has been directed to replace the system as soon as possible,” he said.
Officials from the Interior Ministry were tight lipped over the issue and said that they did not know about the suspension of cellular services in the province. Interior Secretary Saddiq-e-Akbar also did no…………… continues on The Express Tribune
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