2 Telco Franchises Attacked in 10 Days

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In less than two weeks after armed men walked into a Telenor franchise and opened fire on staff, another telecommunication company was attacked yesterday.

On Monday, a Mobilink franchise was targeted with an explosive device (most probably a grenade) leaving four staff members injured, reported Express Tribune.

Earlier on December 23, two men entered a Telenor franchise and opened fire on staff. As a result, two people died and two others were wounded.

Interestingly this Mobilink franchise (located Sher Shah Suri Road in the Hyderi area of North Nazimabad) isn’t far from earlier attacked franchise of Telenor.

Officials from both Telenor and Mobilink deny of any personal enmity of staff. They said that law enforcement agencies are still trying to figure out the cause of attacks but its feared that both incidents were result of law and order situation.

It won’t be out of place to mention here that no progress has been made in Telenor’s case despite the fact that the law enforcers have been analyzing the CCTV footage for over 10 days now.

All franchisees/service centers of mobile phone companies employs their own security guards, which is of course insufficient especially in cities like Karachi. But the dilemma is that cellular companies can’t do much in such law and order situations.

Both attacks have raised serious concerns in the minds of telecom operators and those who are investing in the businesses. With 3G at door step, such incidents in the country can largely harm the trust of new investors and they might end up deciding other wise.


  • Saeed

    I don’t know at that time where our Police and Rangers?

    Our Police definitely know who is involved in this incident but your know about our POLICE -:)

    Govt will not take any action, all Telco Operators should do something before any future incidents.

  • aleena

    dont worry it will happened many more in few days because our enemy know that in few months pakistan is auctioning 4g and 3g , so to stop foreign investors n locals, they will do this, bcoz u guys know that how can 4g chane our country fate, every corner of our country will be connected either its business or education, but our enemey dont want that our rural n urbun people becom educated, talented and informative :..(

  • OMG, why did this happened…. ? Cant find any reason for people attacking Telco Franchises….

  • Muhammad Hammad

    see the pic above… the police placed the caution ribbon up side down.. what u expect

  • Saleem Shah

    You guys seem to be taking ideas on posts from other websites, the entire structure of the article is similar to this one here, even the conclusion!

    http://www.telecomistan.com/2012/01/attacks-on-mobilink-and-telenor-sales-centers/

    It is worth mentioning here that the above link was published one day before the article appeared on this website!

    The admin must take a note and ensure articles and ideas of others are not copied!

    • Muhammad Hammad

      if you publish this story first dosnt mean you own the news..

      • Saleem Shah

        I have nothing to do with the news – I have nothing to do with this website – I just picked it off Google and presented my observation and this happens routinely with ProPakistani. These guys dont even quote news websites from where exact content is copied from.

        Nobody owns any news, but the way two incidents are clubbed into one report and the way the conclusions are offered speaks volumes for itself. Period.

        • Saleem Shah

          Let me just add a few words here, I am glad they publish comments even those that go against them. Thank you.

          • admin

            Thanks, they are being noticed and considered as well.