Cellular services not to be suspended on Eid

Interior Minister advises police officials to stay alert; beefs security.

Web Desk August 05, 2013
Cellular services have been cut in Pakistan over security threats in the past. PHOTO: EXPRESS/FILE

Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said on Monday that cellular phones will not be suspended on Eidul Fitr, Express News reported.

Eidul Fitr marks the end of the holy month of Ramazan for Muslims worldwide.

Nisar advised police officials to stay alert and vigilant to any possibility of terror threat, adding that other steps would be taken to ensure security since cellular services weren't being suspended.

As per the orders of the Interior Minister, no city will face the suspension of cellular services during Eid.

However, he said that the provincial governments could suspend cellular services if they felt the security situation demanded it.

Last year, cellular services were suspended on the festive day on the orders of the former interior minister Rehman Malik.

Malik had made the case that terrorists used mobile phones to detonate explosive devices and carry out other terror activities.


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Middle Class People | 10 years ago | Reply

I don't know whether to be happy about this. Even though it is ridiculous shutting down cellphone networks on sensitive days, I can't help but wonder if it is worth not being able to communicate others if we can save lives. I know shutting down networks is not a long term solution but it was very effective in curbing terrorism on days that networks were closed. I just hope no undue incident occurs on Eid, as it would be devastating for affected persons and their family. Eid is a horrible time to lose a loved one as it will ruin the holiday for his or her family for as long as they live. If the govt can provide security to everyone, this is a great decision. Time will tell.

rk from ny | 10 years ago | Reply

dont they use cellphone to trigger blasts...happy ramadan..!!!

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