Our national and religious events have become a reason for Interior Minister – Rehman Malik – to stop the cellular services and just yesterday in a meeting with security officials for maintaining law & order during Muharram he couldn’t resist himself from announcing that the cellular services will once again remain closed during Muharram in certain parts of the country.
While talking to media, he said, mobile phone SIMs will be dispatched at the home address of buyer as per the CNIC information from December 1st. No mobile SIM will be sold at any retail outlet, he added.
This time, he also recognized satellite phones to be the helpful tool for terrorists and directed Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) to block all those satellite phones that are being used in Pakistan and still unregistered.
To a question about the restoration of YouTube, he said, the website will be reinstated once they (Google Administration) remove the blasphemous content from their servers.
Rehman further announced that mobile phone users will not be able to change their networks. Does he mean that Mobile Number Portability (MNP) will become inactive in Pakistan?
No written direction from PTA was sent to cellular operators for stopping the sale of SIMs at retail outlets till the time this news was being written.