Ishq-e-Rasool (pbuh) Day: Govt contemplates suspending cellular services

Government to finalise decision today on strategy for avoiding terror attacks.

Zahid Gishkori September 20, 2012

ISLAMABAD: The government might order PTA to suspend cellular services in some sensitive areas, in an effort to foil attempted terrorist attacks on Ishq-e-Rasool Day, The Express Tribune has learnt.

Officials associated with the Ministry of Interior and other law enforcement agencies told The Express Tribune that they have recommended suspension of cell phone services.

"It's a strategy to avoid terror [attacks] on Friday," said an official.

Cellular services are likely to be suspended for some time in Karachi, some areas of Balochistan, Peshawar and surrounding areas of the diplomatic enclave in Islamabad, added the officials.

Meanwhile, security around diplomat entities and US organization offices as well as US Missions in Pakistan have been beefed up, said officials associated with National Counter Terrorism Authority.

PTA Spokesperson Malahat Rab, however, told The Express Tribune that they have not received any directives from the concerned authorities for suspending cellular services.

The government will announce the final decision later today.


lovePak | 10 years ago | Reply @Indian Catholic: it's about standing up against discrimination. In Lahore, Sikhs, Hindus and Christians all came and protested against the anti-Islam video, not only Muslims.
Karim | 10 years ago | Reply

Great give people a holiday so when they are off from work for a whole day they can gather in huge numbers and burn private and public property. Who was the smart one which gave this idea of a holiday?

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