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Cellular blackout ends across Pakistan

- August 20, 2012 - Updated 1015 PKT - From Web Edition

ISLAMABAD: The cellular services, suspended to thwart possible terror bids at markets on Chand Raat and Eid prayer venues in the morning, have finally been resumed after a blackout of 14 hours, Geo News reported Monday.


The service providers following the orders of Ministry of Interior had pulled the plug on the networks in Karachi, Lahore, Multan, and Quetta at 8:00 PM on the eve of Eid-ul-Fitr (Sunday).


According to sources the network providers switched their services on after the interior department gave them a greensignal on Monday morning.


Earlier, Interior Minister Rehman Malik on Sunday had announced that mobile service would remain suspended in some cities till 10:00 am Monday morning and asked the citizens to tolerate this inconvenience for few hours, Geo News reported.


Talking to media, Rehman Malik said mobiles phones are being used for blasts and service in Karachi is suspended owing to this threat.


The Interior Minister, however, clarified that mobile services would not be shut throughout the country. Service is suspended in Karachi, Lahore, Quetta and Multan for precautionary measures, he added.


He said if needed service would also be suspended in Islamabad as well.


On Sunday night reports were received that consumers were facing difficulty in receiving mobile phone reception in areas of Karachi, Lahore and Multan. Reports were also received that the service of all mobile companies were suspended in Quetta.

Reader Comments
inflation, lawlessness, target killing, load shedding, ...........its all nothing but result of poor governance

Having lost trust in the PPP leadership because of their deals with the US and past track record... one wonders if this blackout was due to real terror threat or whether it was an attempt to extract higher Bhatta from the owners of the mobile networks???? Faced with the stupid US's WOT and the corrupt Zardari and Karzai... Pakistanis are finding themselves between a rock and a hard place... If US has even a grain of decency they would get rid of the corrupt regimes.

Munir q
United Kingdom
So,The Nation must aware that the threat of blast hover on your head for the rest of 364 days and 10 Hours. Haa...Haa...Haa

Hassan Khawri
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