Mobile phone services suspension likely on Jan 13, 14, 2013

Cellular phone services likely to be suspended on Jan 13, 14, 2013

Tahir-ul-Qadri Long March
Karachi (DailyTimes / Sunday, January 13, 2013) – Mobile phone services are likely to be suspended for many hours on January 13 and 14 mainly in Islamabad, Lahore and adjacent cities.

Tahir-ul-Qadri with MQM Farooq Sattar

The step will be taken on security concerns as the Ministry of Interior has indicated threats in the area where long march has been called by Tehreek-e-Minahjul Quran chief Dr Tahirul Qadri.

Thousands of people have started moving towards area where the protesters of the long march will meet from different parts of the country and the situation of law and order including security measures will be a challenge for the government to handle under such circumstances.

The government is likely to ask cellular operators to block services of cellular phone services to avoid any terrorist attack in different cities as it has been a regular practice in the name of stopping bombing at public places. Cellular users of different cities may bear closure of services while operators will face losses once again.

In the past, the government has suspended mobile phone services many times without compensating operators, who have accumulated losses of more than Rs 3 billion.

The suspension of services in the next two days will cause loss of millions of rupees once again and the government revenue and commercial activities will decline.

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