Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has confirmed that mobile internet services and social media platforms will remain suspended until further notice. The government has not issued any instructions regarding their resumption. This suspension of services has disrupted the lives of daily wage workers, freelancers, the IT industry, and the business community. Who are all calling on the government to restore the services.
The PTA is a government-run authority responsible for telecommunication systems and services in Pakistan. They said that the mobile internet services will remain closed in Pakistan. Users can still browse the internet through their broadband connections. The shutdown of mobile internet in Pakistan began three days ago. Following the arrest of former Prime Minister Imran Khan outside of the Lahore High Court. Which led to a series of nationwide protests.
Unfortunately, these protests turned violent, with protestors burning down buildings, and government property, and raiding military areas. As a result, the current government of Pakistan had no other choice rather than to limit mobile internet in Pakistan. This step was to control the spread of any kind of propaganda against the institutions or state.
The telecom authority announced that orders to shut down internet services came from the Interior Ministry. When asked about the restoration of mobile internet services. Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah said on Thursday that they would be restored within 36 hours. However, it seems that the shutdown has been extended. As there is still no word from the government on when the services will be restored.
In the meantime, the suspension of mobile internet services is having a profound impact on the lives and livelihoods of millions of Pakistanis. Daily wage workers, freelancers, IT professionals, and businesses struggle to make ends meet without access to mobile internet services. It is hoped that the government will restore these services soon. To ease the burden on those who are most affected by the suspension.