When IHC passed bill that termination of telecom services on special days will be illegal and no one has the authority to do so, people were very happy and thought that this time we wont have to face difficulty during 23rd,March,2018. But out of utter disappointment, citizens of twin cities still faced the same difficulty as mobile phone services are suspended in twin cities. Social media flooded with basic question that Why Telecom Services Suspended on Pakistan Day Rehearsal When IHC Termed it as illegal? However PTA responded to this matter wise fully and said that Provision of Cellular Service is not as Important as National Security.
More over, Federal government also challenged judgement of Islamabad High Court who declared suspension of cellular services fro security against law, due to the suspension of cellular services yesterday due to Pakistan’s Day parade rehearsal in Islamabad.
Is Provision of Cellular Service is not as Important as National Security?
Federal government argued that the suspension of mobile services is a cause of distress for the customers, especially in time of a civil unrest. It is a time when they need the services the most to reach out to their loved ones.
Previously Justice Minallah had stated in his order that:
“The actions, orders and directives issued by the Federal Government or the Authority [PTA], as the case may be, which are inconsistent with the provisions of section 54(3) [of Pakistan Telecommunication Act 1996 ] are declared as illegal
The petitioner Umer Gilani had challenged the directive to suspend cellular service was unlawful as it clearly travels outside the scope of Section 54 of the PTA Act, which states that services can only be suspended during a proclaimed emergency.
To this PTA in an Intra court appeal responded that Provision of Cellular Service is not as Important as National Security. It also added that the March 23rd Parade is near and due to security concerns the single bench’s order must be suspended till the ICA is decided.
Well get ready for no mobile service tomorrow!