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The image shows a man operating a cell phone. — File Photo

KARACHI: Mobile phone services were restored in the cities on Monday, DawnNews reported.

The services had suspended in Karachi, Lahore, Quetta, Multan and a number of other cities on the eve of Eidul Fitr on the direct orders of the federal government.

Mobile phones in the cities went silent from 8pm onwards on Sunday, which was the peak period for most people to exchange Eid greetings.

Earlier on Sunday, Interior Minister Rehman Malik had said that the action had been taken in view of security concerns of the governments of Punjab and Sindh.

Talking to newsmen, the minister had said that cellphone service would be suspended all over Punjab at the request of the provincial government.

“The Punjab government has requested us to suspend cellphone service in some parts of the province, but we think it should also be made temporarily inoperative in sensitive areas of Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Sindh because terrorists usually use mobile phones in their acts of terrorism,” he said.

The decision was taken at a meeting held at the minister’s residence to discuss security concerns of Punjab and Sindh.

The minister had also said that the government would take all necessary steps to protect people’s lives.

Updated Aug 20, 2012 05:02am

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@hammads
Aug 20, 2012 05:10am
I am in Gulshan-e-Iqbal, telenor and mobilink both are not working.
sam
Aug 20, 2012 09:53am
Lame excuse, they could use any other method, like wifi clients, government knows it.
Cimy
Aug 20, 2012 09:49am
Nice nicknames haha!!! The war is over yayyy... I do not understand how these people become ministers of such departments.
Khan
Aug 20, 2012 01:49pm
Mr Malik i think you should ban selling of lighters, matches,petrol etc. that can be used in an act of terrorism as well.
Saad (DXB)
Aug 20, 2012 12:25pm
Wow.... Mr. Malik you should be given a gold medal (as we Pakistanis are fond of giving and earning gold medals in anything other than the Olympics) for preventing the terrorists from attacking the country using mobile phones.. I guess you upset their entire plans.. Now they will have to go back to the old methods of suicide bombing, time bombs, car bombs, magnet bombs, using guns and RPGs etc... All thanks to you!!! You must be really proud of yourself, aren't you Mr. Malik?
Hasan Mir
Aug 20, 2012 05:42am
Is the terrorist threat over? :snorts in derision:
aisha
Aug 20, 2012 07:06am
i agree.. whatever needs to be done should be done...
Zishi
Aug 20, 2012 09:30am
If Santa and Banta have a meeting on terrorism, they will probably come up with the same solution.
ash
Aug 20, 2012 09:42am
if u cant stop crime , does it mean dont catch the robbers , instead close the shops !
Mushtaq
Aug 20, 2012 03:30pm
Aleast something is better nothing. Good step... to safe few lifes .... Thanks,
Syed Nazim
Aug 20, 2012 07:24pm
I request Prime Minister and President to declare emergency in Pakistan and hand over Home department, police and para military forces to army to deal with law and order and terrorism in the country. Military be given powers ot establish army courts for court mashalling crimnals. If there is Pakistan there will be democracy, Which should be saved first?