Terrorism threat: Cellular services suspended in Karachi for a day

Published: December 28, 2012
No target killing took place in Karachi on Friday due to mobile service suspension, says Rehman Malik. PHOTO: FILE

No target killing took place in Karachi on Friday due to mobile service suspension, says Rehman Malik. PHOTO: FILE

KARACHI: Cellular services were suspended by Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) in Karachi on Friday from 11am-6pm in light of terrorism threats, Express News reported.

According to an intelligence report, a major act of terrorism was suspected in Karachi, which was expected to be carried out through a cell phone.

Network operators were informed at 9am of the suspension.

Later during the day, Interior Minister Rehman Malik chaired a meeting to review the security situation in the country. During the meeting, Malik said that no target killing took place in Karachi on Friday due to the mobile service suspension.

He said that those who want to disturb the peace in Karachi cannot succeed in their nefarious designs.

Suspending cellular services in light of terrorism threats on important days like Eid and Ashura has become a norm, however service suspension on such days comes with prior notice.

Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated the day of the ban as Tuesday instead of Friday. The error is regretted.

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Reader Comments (30)

  • iLiberal
    Dec 28, 2012 - 11:21AM

    The world has moved onto 4G and LTE while we are stuck on 2G. And for that too we to endure loadshedding. Unbelievable. Only in Pakistan.


  • Ali
    Dec 28, 2012 - 11:22AM

    Looks like Rehman Malik has a switch nearby his bed, whenever he feels like shutting it down he just has to press it…


  • asim
    Dec 28, 2012 - 11:23AM

    I think we are living in the dark ages. Countries are moving towards 4g and our country government cannot agree when to auction 3g slots. Then this bs of shutting down mobiles without notice. Instead of catching the crooks these people wanted to crush the will of the common people if anything is left. No gas, no electricity, no law & order, no jobs, no accountability, no mobiles. Democracy is so beautiful and I am sure they will come back in the elections again next time.


  • Ali
    Dec 28, 2012 - 11:27AM

    Why on earth Rehman Malik has to shutdown cellular service?


  • FN
    Dec 28, 2012 - 11:35AM

    Mobile phones don’t kill people, people kill people

    And by the way:
    No bomb blast when mobiles are jammed doesn’t mean anything. Correlation is not causation.


  • saleem g ibrahim
    Dec 28, 2012 - 11:36AM

    may be most of you will not agree with me but i support this decision , hopefully it will save many innocents. yes the banned organization will try to hit back the opponent sect


  • Imran
    Dec 28, 2012 - 11:38AM

    Its on Friday not Tuesday!


  • GS
    Dec 28, 2012 - 11:38AM

    LOL: Govt’s cheap act to blackmail TelcosRecommend

  • Maher
    Dec 28, 2012 - 11:41AM

    After electricity, gas & CNG load shading we will now be experiencing Mobile Service Load shading. All thanks to our DEMOCRATIC GOVT.


  • Faizan
    Dec 28, 2012 - 11:46AM

    tuesday?? its friday todayRecommend

  • M.F.Junani
    Dec 28, 2012 - 11:50AM

    This will surely put adverse impact on the foreign investors.No company will like to invest in our telecom sector and eventually non-employment rate will increase and this will cause more terrorism..our govt is mindless…


  • UHS
    Dec 28, 2012 - 11:57AM

    What a pathetic display of governance by Government/PTA again and again.


  • Sharjeel Jawaid Jawaid
    Dec 28, 2012 - 12:00PM

    This is how we come to realize that we have a ‘Government’!


  • anand
    Dec 28, 2012 - 12:00PM


  • Iblees
    Dec 28, 2012 - 12:03PM

    Isn’t Friday? Seems you guys write your copy in dreams. you have backdated it to Tuesday.


  • Ambreen
    Dec 28, 2012 - 12:05PM

    typographical error up there. Should read “Friday” not “Tuesday”


  • arr
    Dec 28, 2012 - 12:06PM

    Terrorism Threat ????? Prince Bilawal is in the town!!!


  • Ibad
    Dec 28, 2012 - 12:09PM

    Bro its Friday today not Tuesday.
    Kindly rectify – thanks. :)


  • Dec 28, 2012 - 12:13PM

    Please rectify the printing error. Its Friday, not Tuesday.


  • Dec 28, 2012 - 12:17PM

    Suspension of telecom services in a city like Karachi which is the financial capital of the country shows apathy weakness to face and combat the threat. Govt. authorities prefer to exert force on the people in general with total apathy to their hardships and financial losses. they should ask a question to themselves if they really are representative of the people in true sense and deserve to govern the Nation they love.


  • Abbas
    Dec 28, 2012 - 12:28PM

    Tuesday or Friday (today)??Recommend

  • HH
    Dec 28, 2012 - 12:36PM

    No operator cared to inform….


  • JJ
    Dec 28, 2012 - 12:49PM

    Only say “JEEA REHMAN”.


  • Rick van Holden
    Dec 28, 2012 - 12:49PM

    If you read the comments in the news reporting the very first time this happened, majority of the people were for suspending services. Looks like you got your wish.


  • Javeria Mahmood
    Dec 28, 2012 - 1:13PM

    Shame on Government & PTA…


  • wahab
    Dec 28, 2012 - 1:17PM

    As long as this saves lives, we are okay with it :)


  • Tabish Bilgrami
    Dec 28, 2012 - 2:41PM

    Lolz! Will the bombs automatically be defused after 6 o’clock?? I mean shut the service down for the whole weekend :@


  • Farhan
    Dec 28, 2012 - 3:11PM

    Democracy is indeed the bext revenge!


  • Jiyala
    Dec 28, 2012 - 3:15PM

    Rehman Malik should be lauded for his courageous steps to ensure that there is no terrorism in the country. I think we should ban mobile phones once and for all so that the threat of terrorism is completely eliminated.


  • Clear Black Bag
    Dec 29, 2012 - 11:44AM

    Where is Fair Trial Bill because Fair Trial Bill was approved and implemented in Pakistan to stop/control terrorism by the mobiles?Still blocking the mobile phones’ services definitely shows and proves that Fair Trial Bill is only a document or piece of paper……


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