Balochistan govt blocks cell phone services on Independence Day: Report

Published: August 14, 2012
Security sources say services blocked to cut off communication of miscreants and terrorists, reports Dawn News.

Security sources say services blocked to cut off communication of miscreants and terrorists, reports Dawn News.

QUETTA: The Government of Balochistan has blocked cell phone services in Quetta and its surrounding areas on Independence Day in light of the security situation in the province, Dawn News reported on Tuesday.

According to the report, security sources have said that services were blocked to cut off communication capabilities of “miscreants and terrorists”.

Residents of the city and surrounding areas were reported to be facing hardships after services had been suspended early Tuesday.

The provincial government has also taken strict security measures to maintain law and order. The report states that Balochistan Constabulary and Frontier Corps personnel have been deployed at sensitive sites and government buildings in the city.

The provincial government had earlier shut down cellular services on March 23 (Pakistan Day) this year. Officials had then also claimed that the action had been taken to keep a check on militants in the province.

Bomb blasts and attacks on security personnel and civilians are frequent in province. At least 12 people had been wounded in a blast near a restaurant where people had gathered to celebrate Independence Day in Quetta late Monday night.

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  • Muslim
    Aug 14, 2012 - 1:02PM

    and then they say “Kashmir does not have human rights”


  • khan of quetta
    Aug 14, 2012 - 1:34PM

    we shouldnot take any risk by sectarian lashkars


  • Raw is War.
    Aug 14, 2012 - 2:13PM

    they will have their own independence day, soon.


  • Ali
    Aug 14, 2012 - 2:14PM

    Arrest and hang those terrorists who are targeting civilians and creating law and order problems in Balochistan, but please don’t infringe our rights.


  • sam
    Aug 14, 2012 - 2:24PM

    not a good idea.people suffer by this and BLA wins people sympathy


  • Mujahid torwali
    Aug 14, 2012 - 2:26PM

    For how long u will block the cell phone services? Do something solid my paki govt…Recommend

  • Khan 9211
    Aug 14, 2012 - 2:50PM

    Satellite phones any one?


  • Baloch
    Aug 14, 2012 - 3:30PM

    And they say why Baloch don’t celebrate our Independence Day


  • Abbas Ahmad
    Aug 14, 2012 - 3:50PM

    This is a gift to the people of Balochistan on independence day. In Balochistan Independence day is being celebrated in few places under strict security of Forces. Still everything is fine? As one Ignorant person commented that kill and arrest all those who are creating Law and order situation, this is what being done in Balochistan since 65 years and still only cantonments are safe for celebrations? Its time to think they failed strategy, its time to give Baloch their due rights of Ruling their Province. Its already too late but still a lot can be done….


  • Lol
    Aug 14, 2012 - 4:19PM

    @Raw is war: So will Kashmir :)


  • sachan
    Aug 14, 2012 - 4:20PM

    baloch people are celebrating this day as a black day.we will never forget the mutilated bodies of our brothers.


  • Aqib
    Aug 14, 2012 - 4:31PM


    its old fashion technique… u will receive more hate!!! i don,t understand this absurd mindset of our govt.Recommend

  • Khan
    Aug 14, 2012 - 4:40PM

    i see indians are very interested … Shame on u .. Go think abt aasam, khalistan n kashmir inshaAllah very soon


  • Someone
    Aug 14, 2012 - 5:21PM

    Tomorrow, Kashmiris will celebrate Indian independence day as their black day. The irony, she burns.


  • Salman mirza
    Aug 14, 2012 - 5:24PM

    It’s also Black day for us too. We migrated here with good hope and left everything. But again we don’t have acceptance in Pakistan. We regret for supporting partition


  • Aug 14, 2012 - 5:27PM

    security sources have said that services were blocked to cut off communication capabilities of “miscreants and terrorists”. ………………. The truth is religion does not make countries otherwise there would have been one each Christian Land, Muslim Land and Hindu Land etc and not so many christian and muslim countries.


  • Awans
    Aug 14, 2012 - 5:33PM

    Lol people are talking about Balochistan. I can understand what is happening in Balochistan and with my Baloch brothers when In Lahore I have witnessed scenes that are unmanageable for me. All Tableeghis and Sunnis were chanting that we made Pakistan and we are going to save it that is an obvious lie Also they are telling everyone that Quad e Azam was a Sunni and Pakistan was made on 27th Ramadan to make Pakistan Islamic Sunni State even tough everyone know that Quaid e Azam was Ismaili and he was a Shia in the later ages. Also the Posters of Muhmmad Zafar Ullah Khan have been torn around Punjab by Extremist PMLN supporters stating that even tough he made his part in Pakistani Independence but he is an Ahmedi so now his contribution is absolutely void. In my view Punjab is now becoming a new Hotbed of Sunni Extremism and so called Nationalism and they are ready to kill anybody on the name of Sunni Islam and fake Pakistani identity. I live in Punjab but i am very much afraid as i am watching a New Slaughter of Ahmedis, few hundred remaining hindus and Shias in near future headed by PMLN. If Balochistan needs independence from this Extremism of Chauvinism in Punjab then I am a Punjabi and I Support Baloch Liberation in every manner.Recommend

    Aug 14, 2012 - 5:38PM

    @Raw is War.: Insha’Allah!


  • Shahbaz
    Aug 14, 2012 - 5:40PM

    No doubt Express Tribune provides the best platform to Indians to lash out their hatred against Pakistan.


  • Awans
    Aug 14, 2012 - 5:48PM

    @Khan: Mr Khan we are ourself responsible for this mess. Dont blame India. I am a Pakistani and i think future map of Pakistan will be different as If Baloch dont want to be Islamic thekedaars and fundamentalists like others then give them autonomy and it is their right . In future there must be some safe place for minorities in Punjab to run when they will be slaughtered by Majority. So what do you say about me. A traitor or what.?? Just visit Punjab. Jamaat ud Dawa is a force now. Lashkar e Jhangvi is a super force supported by PMLN. They are getting chandas from every street corner stating that they will wipe the Shias and Ahmedis in future. TTP Punjab is a reality with Presence in every city. Even Osama Bin Laden T-Shirts are available in Punjab. All Taliban Publications are now done in Lahore. So what are you whining then???. It is the taste of your own medicine and keep dreaming and remain in deep sleep that someone is planning against you when you are just pushing yourself in a well.Recommend

  • Shahbaz
    Aug 14, 2012 - 6:59PM

    Awans: Please quote some credible reference for ‘Qauid e Azam was an Ismaili and later changed to shia”. I’d like to read that. You can stop worrying about future map of Pakistan, had it been so easy, Sri Lanka would have a different map today after decades of terrorist activities by LTTE. Depression is often accompanied by paranoia and sometimes psychosis.


  • A J Khan
    Aug 14, 2012 - 7:00PM

    Mobile phones are the biggest source of communorication for the terrorists. Mobile phone should be shut for an year to over come the problem of instant messaging and information.
    Authorities should close this misused facility to starve the terrorists of the communication facility. It will help a lot in controlling Law and Order.


  • Gurbir Singh
    Aug 14, 2012 - 7:14PM

    Soon Kashmir and Khalistan will be free.


  • Gurbir Singh
    Aug 14, 2012 - 7:14PM

    @Raw is War.:
    Kashmir will be free soon and so will be arunachal.


  • GR Baloch
    Aug 14, 2012 - 7:35PM

    When we make friendship with so why not make friendship with our Baloch Brothers


  • Yuri Kondratyuk
    Aug 14, 2012 - 7:56PM

    Khalistan and Aasam? Never touched a newspaper since 1990 A.D. did you?


  • Najam
    Aug 14, 2012 - 8:07PM

    Free and Friendly Balochistan is in better for remaining Pakistan


  • Awans
    Aug 14, 2012 - 8:48PM

    @Shahbaz: Yeah right a typical answer that i have depression and paranoia. It is really a shock for you to hear that Jinnah was not a Sunni Muslim at all since birht. **Quad e Azam’s father’s name was Jinnahbhai Poonja and his mother’s name was Mithibai Poonja and both were Ismailis and Jinnah have the same faith as them**. Also i comment Ismaili and later as Shia as Most Pakistanis dont know that Ismailis are a sub branch of Shia faith. My grand father attended the private ceremony organized during Jinnah’s death but Liaquat Ali Khan jumped in and he said that Shia could not lead a Jinaza of Jinnah as Pakistan is predominantly a Sunni Country and then two ceremonies were held one for majority and one for minority in 9148. And Yes I think now I will be seen as a complete insane person after revealing the hidden truths of history.Recommend

  • Aug 14, 2012 - 9:01PM

    Wow i didn’t know that they can block mobile services like that. Well it must be for a good reason though.


  • khalsa
    Aug 14, 2012 - 11:16PM

    @Gurbir Singh:
    write your real name. dont be ashamed of your nationality


  • Acid
    Aug 15, 2012 - 12:33AM

    @A J Khan: Not terrorists…Freedom fighters


  • U
    Aug 15, 2012 - 12:44AM


    Wasn’t that BALUCHISTAN GOVERNMENT that banned it??? Complain to your own Sardar running the province.


  • Aug 15, 2012 - 2:08AM

    good time to sue Mobilink, they claim poora signal poora pakistan, i dont remember their ads saying subject to pta blocking or unblocking. lol.


  • Someone
    Aug 15, 2012 - 11:10AM

    Kashmiris mark Indian independence day as “black day”. Al Jazeera:


  • A J Khan
    Aug 15, 2012 - 1:22PM

    Slaves of others want to liberate me. No way. I am not the slave of few fuedals. They should first earn two square meals with honour rather than begging in London and Switzerland.


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