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Pak court stops govt. from suspending cellphone service during Eid-ul-Azha

Karachi, Oct. 26 (ANI): The Sindh High Court has restrained the federal government from suspending cellphone services during Eid-ul-Azha “unless it is absolutely inevitable”.

Disposing of a petition against a reported decision to block cellphone service during Eid, a division bench directed the interior ministry to issue a “speaking order with cogent reasons and for specific areas and specific duration only” before the closure of the service, reports The Dawn.

The petition was filed by Tariq Pervaiz who impleaded the interior secretary, chairman of the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority and the chief executive officers of five cellular companies.

The petitioner referred to a statement by Interior Minister Rehman Malik where he said he would consider closing the cellular phone service on October 26, 27 and 28. He stated that over 100,000 Pakistanis had gone to perform Haj and the mobile phone was the only means of contact with them.

The petitioner’s counsel contended that the cellular phone service could be suspended by the government under Section 54 of the PTA only after the proclamation of emergency by the president. (ANI)