Ashura – Phone Services to be Suspended

Phone services will be suspended due to security concerns on the special occasion of Ashura as directed by the Punjab Government in 7 cities, namely Lahore, Rawalpindi, Sheikhupura, Jhelum, Chiniot, Okara and Bahawalpur. District administrations were sent notifications to inquire about the interruption of services. The notification went on to add that the ‘timings will be sent to the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) so any untoward accident can be avoided.’

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This special consideration was allowed by the Supreme court in a hearing of the Ministry of Information and the PTA’s petitions against mobile phone companies. The supreme court let it be known that such an action could only be done under ‘special circumstances’. The order overruled a previous judgement by Islamabad High Court (IHC) which said, “The federal government or the authority are, therefore, not vested with the power and jurisdiction to suspend or cause the suspension of mobile cellular services or operations on the ground of national security except as provided under section 54(3).”

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