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Cellphone service with India likely

November 09, 2012

The image shows a person using a mobile phone. — File photo

ISLAMABAD: The Ministry of Information Technology has agreed to allow mobile phone services between Pakistan and India but certain issues have to be settled in this regard, the National Assembly’s Standing Committee on Commerce was informed here on Thursday.

The committee expressed displeasure over the lack of modern communication facilities between the two countries.

“I have a sales outlet in Amritsar but one of the most serious problems is that we only have landline between India and Pakistan,” MNA Sheeren Arshad Khan said.

Commerce Secretary Munir Qureshi said the “main hitch is technical linkages between the telecom companies of India and Pakistan as they too have to get approvals from parent companies or their boards”. Several members said security concerns on both sides were also an obvious issue.