KARACHI: Viewers across several parts of Karachi and Hyderabad complained Saturday that they were unable to receive news channels on their cable TV connections for over two hours.

It was unclear why or how the channels had been taken off air, or who had asked cable operators to do so.

Officials of the Cable Operators Association of Pakistan were unavailable for comment regarding the temporary closure.

Readers told Dawn through social media that all local news channels went off-air around 330 pm in several areas in Karachi including Federal B Area, Gulistan-e-Jauhar, DHA, Gulshan, Clifton, PECHS, and other neighbourhoods.

In a message posted on Twitter, Sindh Information Minister Sharjeel Inam Memom claimed that cable operators had been threatened by a certain “mafia”, and that the Sindh government would ensure their safety.

People took to Twitter to tell each other of the outage.

Around 630 pm, viewers reported that news channels had been restored on their cable TV connections in several areas – including DHA, Gulistan-i-Jauhar, North Karachi, Gulshan, Clifton, and other areas – after almost three hours of the mysterious closure.

Opinion

Awaiting orders
25 Oct 2021

Awaiting orders

Orders are given for demolition. Some structures go down. Some still stand.
Is it our own?
25 Oct 2021

Is it our own?

It is fair to ask what truly determines our success.
Up, up and away
Updated 25 Oct 2021

Up, up and away

Irate Twitterati want Superman to stop meddling.
No-trust resolution dynamics
Updated 24 Oct 2021

No-trust resolution dynamics

It is heartening that the effort to remove a chief minister is following constitutional norms.

Editorial

25 Oct 2021

Party to a vile campaign

THE PTI government’s hostility towards the media and its intolerance for dissent is well known. The target of ...
Financial crisis
Updated 25 Oct 2021

Financial crisis

DESPITE having progressed to ‘very good step’ and being ‘close to concluding the agreement’ a few days back,...
25 Oct 2021

Morals and Pemra

TIME and again, Pemra has come under fire for issuing arbitrary instructions to TV channels on matters ranging from...
Anti-government rallies
Updated 24 Oct 2021

Anti-government rallies

Banning a party because it can create a public nuisance sets a dangerous precedent which can be repeated to justify future bans.
24 Oct 2021

End of polio?

AFTER a long struggle, the reward is finally in sight. With only a single case of wild poliovirus reported this year...
24 Oct 2021

Heritage work

IT is encouraging that, slowly, projects of heritage conservation and preservation appear to be taking off. These...