ISLAMABAD: Cellphone services were temporarily suspended in parts of Islamabad for three hours during Friday prayer timings.

There was no mobile phone service in parts of the twin cities from 11am to 2pm during which Friday prayers are held.

A customer services representative of a cellular company told Dawn.com that services were closed on Pakistan Telecommunication Authority's (PTA) directive for security reasons.

According to the representative, the authority had asked telecom companies to suspend services during the said time period in G-6, G-7 and F-6 areas of the capital which are adjacent to the Lal Masjid. But most companies terminated services throughout the city, the representative said.

Tweet by a citizen of Islamabad
Another tweet by an Islamabad resident

Mobile phone services were suspended in sectors G-6 and G-7 for some time on Friday noon on Novmeber 27 as well, which coincided with the deadline given by the cleric of Lal Masjid to implement his version of Sharia in the country.

Opinion

Editorial

Stock market carnage
Updated 04 Dec 2021

Stock market carnage

PAKISTAN’S stock market has been on a downward ride for the last several months as a result of deteriorating...
04 Dec 2021

Omicron threat

THE NCOC has suggested installing more oxygen plants in various parts of the country as the new Covid-19 variant,...
04 Dec 2021

UK spymaster speaks

A RECENT speech by the chief of MI6 — the UK’s external intelligence agency — provided a key insight into the...
Crime against humanity
Updated 03 Dec 2021

Crime against humanity

The government has yet to fulfil its long-standing pledge to criminalise enforced disappearances.
03 Dec 2021

Revised valuations

THE revised property valuations notified by the FBR for 40 cities for the purpose of collecting federal taxes —...
03 Dec 2021

PWD await rights

ON the International Day of Disabled Persons, it is important to take stock of how far Pakistan has come in ensuring...