Why Telecom Services Suspended on Pakistan Day Rehearsal When IHC Termed it as illegal?


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. I want to ask a very basic question that Why Telecom Services Suspended on Pakistan Day Rehearsal When IHC Termed it as illegal?

The Islamabad High Court recently announced that the suspension of mobile phone services due to security is against the law. This decision was taken as a result of petitions that challenged the government on decision of shutting down cellular services in capital of Pakistan, Islamabad for security concerns.

Once again Telecom Services Suspended on Pakistan Day Rehearsal

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. So it is a very good news and a relief for all people.

This is not the first time, such petition was filed. Last year the petition was made that the shutdown of mobile network due political and other issues in the capital is an illegal action and misuse of powers under the Section 54 (3) of the PTA Act.

The petitioners said that when the telecom services are suspended on the name of security , their lives are greatly disturbed. They added that such practice is illegal under telecom laws of Pakistan.

However this is surprising that after IHC termed suspension of telecom services illegal, we are still facing the same problems. Citizens of Rawalpindi and Islamabad are very irritated with the services suspension and roads blockage due to the event rehearsal going on.

Also Read: IHC Declares Suspension of Cellular Networks on Security Reasons illegal

Fizza Atique

Fizza Atique is a Tech writer specializing in the intersection of tech and culture. She likes photography, VR, electronic music, coffee, and baking.
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