SHC bars govt from suspending mobile phone services


The Sindh High Court (SHC) on Thursday barred the government from suspending mobile phone services on Eid day. However, after hearing a petition requesting the court to bar the government from suspending mobile phone services, the high court also ordered that if necessary, the government could implement the measure with the approval of the president. Earlier on September 23, sources in the Interior Ministry had said that mobile phone services may be suspended in some parts of the country during Eidul Azha days because of risk of terrorist attacks. The sources said the ministry had received warnings from security agencies about possibility of incidents of terrorism during Eidul Azha festivities and terrorists might use mobile phones to detonate explosive devices and communicate with each other to organise attacks. Earlier on Eidul Fitr, cell phone services were shut down in Karachi, Lahore, Quetta, Multan and several other parts of the country.