Breaking: Mobile Services to Remain Blocked in 15 Cities Today

mobile-phone-userA directive has been issued by Pakistan Telecommunication Authority, apparently on orders of Interior Ministry, to suspend cellular services in 14 cities of Pakistan, with immediate effect till 6 pm 21st Sep 2012.

Mr. Rahman Malik, head of Interior Ministry, had hinted the service suspension earlier in the evening by saying that Ministry is yet to decide anything on blocking of cellular Services amid security situation in the country on Friday.

At least one cellular company has confirmed ProPakistani the order for blocking the service and said that directive will be implemented immediately.

PTA order which was sent out to cellular companies through an email at 12:15 am, (a copy of which is available with ProPakistani) directed mobile phone companies to block cellular service in following 14 cities:

  • Rawalpindi,
  • Lahore,
  • Karachi,
  • Quetta,
  • Peshawar,
  • Faislabad,
  • Jhang,
  • Rahim Yar Khan,
  • Multan,
  • Khanewal,
  • Attock,
  • Murree,
  • Chakwal, Chakri
  • Kot Momin.

Mobile phone companies are asked to remain ready for blocking service in Islamabad too, orders for which are likely to be issued in the morning.

Earlier, Mobile phone services were suspended in four cities on Eid, for same reasons.


We are getting confirmations that service is being blocked on selected networks in selected cities. It appears that mobile companies are in process of pulling the plug.

Update 2:

Mobile phone service in Islamabad gets blocked too.

Update 3:

Reportedly, mobile services are being restored now. In accordance with the original directive, mobile phone services were to remain suspended till 6 PM today.

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  • Title says 15 cities but the in the description you’ve listed 14 cities? Kia yeh khula tazad nahin?

    • admin

      Islamabad to be included in the morning.

      • abass

        there are still no signals in karachi whats going on?shithead rehman malik

        • jamal

          Calm down abass!just calm down…..

    • jamal

      hahaha yeah “ye waqi me kula tazad he “

    • lali

      oo bhai 1 nechy likhi hui hy poora prhna tha naaa
      isb b block ho ga

  • imran

    What more can we expect from Poor disable govt of ppp?

  • Dr Fawad

    breaking news really but no other source saying this news? and also service presently working in karachi

  • M.Aswad Mehtab

    YE REHMAN baba yahi hai abi tak

  • Fahad Shabbir

    Abhi Tak tu service chal rahi hai ,,, just now made a call,,,,

    • Fahad Shabbir

      IN Lahore,,,

    • admin

      Bahi 12:15 pay order aya hay, companies will take at least an hour to implement it.

  • adm

    good step

  • Muhammad Anas

    so,its becoming a trend now.

  • udas bacha


  • Shabbir

    in case, an unfortunate roadside accident happen and this man is bleeding to death. NOW, how do I or others call 1122 or other emergency services?

    Just think, if water is filthy, we will not stop drinking it…. instead we will filter it and use other resources to make it clean.

    I am sure u got my point…

  • syeduzair

    ZONG is blocked now.. :( ufone n telenor is working till now

  • OPYI


  • Muhammad Anas

    You can call emergency numbers while no service I think!
    Anyhow, this shouldn’t be happen anyway bcuz it has no use.

    • Shahid Saleem

      No signal means no calls.

      • Bilal Shahwani

        Emergency calls can still be made, its mandatory.

        For example if you Ufone SIM and you are in area where there is only Mobilink signal even then your call will go through.

        • Shahid Saleem

          Is there a problem with your reading skills? No signal means no calls. There is no place where you will get mobilink signal (no matter what sim you use) because mobilink was 100% down in the above listed cities.

  • Danish

    Zong is also ahead in following PTA orders :p

  • Abdul Qadir

    What nonsense! :P

    what a stupid decision is this? Why the whole nation suffer this loss? are they trying to pull us towards stone ages? there is already electricity, water, gas crisis and now communication crisis is being added in list.

    I think there is something behind the scenes that government is trying to pressurize the telcos for some reasons. And I expect the bold team Team of ProPakistani that they would expose this one day or another!

  • Taha

    Same thing will be happened on election days as well to save the kursi. I believe..lolz.

    • Shahid Saleem

      Even worse: internet can be down too.

  • Farhan Shah

    All networks are jamed other then telenor.

    Telenor and ptcl are working fine.

  • rayyan

    No Mobile Networks here…..Karachi…North Nazimabad…4:54 A.M.

  • M.Fahad

    Karachi : Ufone service blocked

  • FeZy

    No service of ufone Rawalpindi

  • FeZy

    Telenor is still Working!!!!

  • FeZy

    Raja sahib ko bijli ki wazarat mili to ab tak bijli aankh macholi khel rhe hey. Fir Raja sahib IT k minister bnay, as we all expected woh wazarat to chor gye per apna asar b chor gye. Ab mobiles ki load shedding or woh b pura pura din… Ab Rajaa g PM hai, ab dekhty hai k ab kis chez py ki bari hey….

  • Lanat hai rehman dakait per

  • tyb

    telenor is still working!!!

  • maz

    I still don’t know why its happening can some explain my ufone has been off since 4 :(

  • Sumair

    Telenor gone!!!! (Township, Lahore)

  • Munna

    Rehman malik ko pehle bh advice di thi k agar terrorist ko khatam karna hai to pani band karo pani nahi milega to kuch din mai mar jaenge

  • sehan

    Terrorists will use Skype instead of Cell phones..;P

  • Munna

    Mubarak ho Admin propakistani ka naam aaj k jang news mai agaya hai website hack news wali news main. But jang ko ye nahi pata k propakistani mai ab aese news bh aati hain k ek 35 sala aurat apne purane aashna k sath farar etc. Yar nargis wali khabar dene ka maqsad kia hai koi or news nahi mili thi. Dena hai latest computer k baare mai detail do konsa acha hai kia functions hain ram ki detail do procceser k baare mai batao laptop ki details hon which is best or kia speciality hai etc.

  • Tayyab

    Telenor is still working in my area (Rawalpindi, Faizabad, Sohan, Dhoke Kala Khan & Shamsabad), don’t have information about other areas

  • Rauf Butt

    What the hell this Rehman baba and zordari are doing to telecom sector…… such type of blocking continues again n again….how is it possible for new companies to comes in Pakistan…the exiting companies will also close there operations in pakistan……..:@

  • RAZA

    Made a call from telenor at 8am in morning from RWP

  • ahmed sharif

    is Vfone/VPTCL working ?

  • ahmed sharif

    is Vfone/Vptcl working

  • Rahat Ali

    Thank God, I am no more in Pakistan

  • Ahsan

    I do not appreciate this step….i am clearly stating it …. that i don’t want this crap government any more and i hate this mindset to block the way of communication, instead of blocking the root cause….Rehman Malik you are an idiot…..

  • Shahid

    Blocking the mobile service isn’t a f***ing solution to all the problems
    PPP go to hell

  • sana

    is telenor still working?

  • now what can we expect from this government
    api nakamiya chupane me mahir hai ye govt

  • Who cares. Security is a big FAIL in Pakistan. They only know the best method of security that is Blocking Networks. Thats not fair. Mr Rahman Malik you should resign and suicide!

  • absentee lord

    moving successfully towards islamic socialism

  • I know This is off topic.
    But I don’t understand why no one ever thought of this and took an initiative to correct this.


    I am not just targeting one person.
    I have pointed out this many times while talking to someone face to face.
    But everyone takes it so lightly :|

  • Junaid

    Telenor is working in Rawalpindi… IM ka name dekho aur kartut…. Just call se he Bomb blast nai ho sakta… Smamsung has a feature of fake caller…. Alarm can also used for this purpose.

  • Junaid

    NO mobile phones, no Power, NO gas, This is the PAKISTAN’S Future.

  • Umair

    Hearing news that so and so number of people killed due to blasts really saddens me. I think closing the network to avoid such hurtful news is a good step given that our country is not good enough to stop such incidents through an alternative way.

    • Shahid Saleem

      You would rather be blind and deaf to reality??

  • sitevisitor

    Unable to call mobile numbers in Pakistan from USA

  • I’ve already mentioned few times that Propakistani should’ve thumbs up or like feature for comments I’ve few comments to like on this article.

    Oye malik mar v ja..

    • admin

      We are bringing comment ratings soon, with-in days, inshAllah.

      • You’ve told me that already through email I don’t know if you remember :(

        • admin

          Yes I do. Things are in final stages now.


    Telenor service was restored at 6PM for just 5 mins in quetta :( now its 8PM n no service

  • rafay

    cell phone signals are again off in khi.

  • faisal

    no service in lahore

  • faisal

    still no service in lahore till 10:15

  • farooq

    Fucking pricks! no electricity no water no petrol no n rail no mobile services, if you fucking can’t control anything, then show some decency and leave the government for someone who can! fucking incompetent cunts! we are thousands of miles away can’t even talk to our families back home! fucking dicks go kill yourself!

  • fuck this political system …
    one more martial law needed of Pak.

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  • shoaiba

    kb khulaingi services..????????

  • Sarim Javed

    when will ufone service open even if its temporary today?