PTA Bans Nights Packages, Suddenly Realizes they are Immoral

PTA Bans Night PackagesThe Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has issued a directive to all mobile phone companies to immediately take down the late night packages, said a statement issued by authority yesterday.

The reason given is that such packages run counter to the social norms and values of the country.

“We have received a number of complaints from the Supreme Court of Pakistan, the Standing Committee of the Parliament, senators, MNAs and subscribers regarding the promotion of vulgarity through such advertisements and have therefore asked CMOs to immediately discontinue such packages and to present compliance reports,” said PTA Chairman Farooq Awan.

The authority called a meeting attended by all regulatory heads of the licensees, who unanimously admitted that their advertising was not in line with the moral values of the society, added the statement.

According to the PTA, a telecom company told the participants of the meeting that it had already issued a warning letter to service providers who sent out text messages related to these packages.

The PTA says it recognizes that liberalization and tough competition in the cellular mobile market have pushed operators to introduce various promotional packages to subscribers. However, the PTA insists that as long as practices “against social norms” are not encouraged, the operators are free to continue providing better quality of services to their subscribers at affordable prices.

The PTA claims to have arrogated the power crackdown on these packages under the Reorganization Act of 1996, which mandates it to regulate competition in the telecommunication sector, protect consumer rights and ensure that the interests of users are safeguarded and protected.

Protection of consumer interests is specified under Section 18 (1) of the act and the PTA is required to submit yearly reports on the same to the federal government. At the same time, under Section 6 (a) of the act, the authority is also bound to protect the rights of licensees.


  • anonymous

    stupidity at its peak…..go ahead….ban electricity as it consumes natural resource….ban cars,ban planes,ban everything you can think of!!idiots!

    • Asad

      That last word of your post is your name????

    • Totally agree with u anonymous. We have a culture of ban here. Jo baat samajh naa aye ban kar do. Itna hee Supreme Coirt aur PTA mo qaum kay mustaqbil kee fikar lag gayee hai jaisay tanmam fikrain iss mulk say khatam ho gayeen.

      • farrukh

        every thing has a limit , if u cross that limit it becomes harm less ,

        moral values of today teenagers dented by these packages , rat allah ne sone keleye dehai , JANU ,JANU karne keleye nahi de !

        • Basit Del Rebellion

          Grapes are sour.

          • farrukh

            app he khalo angoor , hame to dunya mne or bhi kam han
            !

    • farrukh

      every thing has a limit , if u cross that limit it becomes harm less ,
      moral values of today teenagers dented by these packages , rat allah ne sone keleye dehai , JANU ,JANU karne keleye nahi de !

  • rock star

    Pta got mad :S

  • anonymous

    instead of educating the youth….you prefer withdrawing facilities……give me a break….they banned like as if call packages were the only obscenity running in youth…next target….facebook,tv channels,bilboards…….

    • farrukh

      not all Call packages are not ban only night packages are ban !

  • Saeed

    Good moved – should be banned quickly.

    Ab dekna boys on top position in education :) :) :)

    • i abhor your rational because dont forget they talk to girls :P

  • Shahzada Shaheryar

    to kya… FB to hey na..

    • Shahid Saleem

      Wait until they ban all night cheap internet packages, too.

  • اظہر علی

    i think its Good to ban

  • Haider

    Appropriated ! well done at last

  • Hassan00107

    in this ban I am with PTA

  • Hassan00107

    uluu banna (fazool main rat ko jagna) chorro apni life par tawajo do

  • Free_Gaza

    jo industry be profit mei ja rehe hai yeh usko nakam kerney key koshish ker rehay hain. IF YOU LOVE PAKISTAN DON’T VOTE FOR PPP

  • Sabeen

    Sub waiily cheekh rahay han, sari sari rat jag ker fazool baten kerni, pata ni is country k logon ka kya banana ha, kya ap sub apni educational performance bata sakty han,

  • moxet

    Good step!
    We must appreciate, they can’t recite a single verse of Quran daily but can talk 2, 3 hours all the night.

    Thanks PTA

    • Salman Abbas

      Tu tumhe kia taqleef ho rahi hai kisi ke talk karne se? Apne ghireban mein mat jhankna dosro pe pabandian lagana… typical Pakistani.

      P.S: For the record, I can recite multiple sorahs of Quran and have never used those night packages.

      • O comeon! Infact you represent typical liberal thinking. The good thing we Pakistanis are at is making fun of others. And Secondly what he has posted reflects a big picture. And least, those who don’t use such packages and recite multiple Surah of Quran don’t use such ‘ethical’ language.

        P.S they don’t publicize such neatness of their as well!

      • moxet

        By the way i did’nt mentioned you by name; that’s why don’t be that much silly. furthermore if you are reciting the holy Quran so don’t include yourself in those i mentioned above, you are not one of them Mashallah.

        Agree with Ali Ahmad, Aj Kal Sahe Bat Bhe Logo Ko Buri Lagte Hay.. Internet has just changed the caliber of the people; they can’t think positive.

        P.S: Every one in this word has its own grave!

        • Reciting quran or talking to a girl should not be the job of the government. If anything government should think about giving good economic life to the people. Also if you are going to force the kids to go recite quran they wont because people do what they are stopped from.

          also mobile services are going to benefit from this because they would make more money as who has to talk has to talk. No more free packages. Why dont u kill everyone in the country for they want to live the life they want.

          • moxet

            Repeat the last line of my reply

    • Salman Abbas

      Pro Tip: Emigrate to a communist state, you guys seem to fancy one.

      • Guest

        You do realize that communist states are mostly atheistic in nature?

    • Haider Ali

      sick! do you understand what you’re talking about. Chimp-brain

      • moxet

        Don’t bark

  • Looking for more post today just one so far?

  • kabhi is nukkar per kabhi street ke us nukkar per kabhi parks main kaan ko phone lagayay nojvan kharday hotay hain.

    mujhay to afsos ho raha mazdor ko 200rs bila wajah izafi diyay, wo bardi mintain ker raha tha kay roti kay paisay bhi nahi. baad main dekha phone per sahelio kay sath baat kar raha hota hay aur cigarette per bhi paisay zaya karta hay. aisi awam ko achi hakomat ke kia zarorat.

  • silentplay3r

    Finally.. a meaning full initiative.

  • FrndsZone.com

    dair aaid durust aaid……

  • Rizwan Liaqat

    PTA conveniently assumes that there is only one purpose for night packages. Nice going with moral policing, PTA. -__-

    • Asad

      There is not only one purpose of night packages but 1 out of thousands use it positively. So Jis cheez ka faida kam aur nuqsan ziada ho, usko band kr dena chahye. Does that make sense now?

      • yani aap PTA ko yeh haq daina chahtay hain keh they decide your life for you. Next if the govt decids that mosques should be closed as they promote sectarianism (which they actually do), what would be ur reaction? It is not govt’s duty to decide your morals which do not effect the lives of others. No laws can be made on how to lead ones life.

  • Asad

    Jin jin ki GFs/BFs hain, unki full time hatti huee hai aur ab wo freedom of speach, basic human rights aur pata nhii kis kis cheez pe bhaashan den gay yahan :D….. I am enjoying their comments :P :D.

    Remember people in legal relationships or commitment usually don’t need to chat all day & night. They have a sense of security in their relationship instead of lust only….

    • saqil

      agreed with every word of urz….

    • Asad so many people are living in this country who can’t afford to call their relatives at high prices If Govt is banning late night calls then they should think for those who are using these packages for positive use! What about those who are using it for positive purpose? Tumharay jaisay log he tamasha dekh k khush hotay hain. U guys ruin this country actually!

      • Guest

        Can you give example of such “so many poor people” who can’t afford 2rs/min call & use night packages? I would love to know about them

        • saqil

          by the way i think a mature and important conversation doesn’t requires hours of calling,its just the lust and rubbish romantic flirty conversation nothing else as asad said ‘freedom of speach, basic human rights aur pata nhii kis kis cheez pe bhaashan den gay yahan’

          • farrukh

            @ saqil hahaha very well said !

      • Asad

        Can you give example of such “so many poor people” who can’t afford 2rs/min call & use night packages? I would love to know about them. Everyday I see hundreds of poorest people wasting money on cigarettes Haven’t you ever seen that? It depends upon priority sir!

    • Imran Noorani

      I Agree

  • Saad Durrani

    My mom calls my aunt every week in the night because it is cheap. People who live in glass houses should not throw stones. Solve corruption first!

    • Asad

      You want 1000s of youth to be ruined for cheap calls of your mother & aunt?

      • Shahid Saleem

        And I ask you, how did the “youth” get a mobile connection?
        And I ask you, where were his parents? If they did not do their duty for 18 years what makes you think a ban from PTA will do the job?
        But asking you might make you “think” oh no!

        • Asad

          Agreed with you…. Parents are equally responsible

        • Asad

          Secondly, when parents don’t do their job well, then govt has to do the same in a more strict way. This is how human civilization moves. Telling a lie, stealing things, quirelling with others & all similar thing are bad & parent have to make sure that their childern should not be involved in any unethical things. But when parents fail, then law comes in to play its role. Will you still argue in the same way that if parents could not make their childern behave properly theny why police or other law enforcement agencies?

          Why we want to see the only side of picture that suits our mindset?????

          • Shahid Saleem

            Ok, so where is the evidence that the problem is so massive that it needs government attention?

            WHERE
            IS
            THE
            EVIDENCE

            Anecdotes (I heard from a friend… I know the son of a friend… etc) ARE NOT EVIDENCE of a problem large enough for government attention.

            Where are the hard & solid numbers?

  • Are they our moral contractors. Everything have positive and negative aspects. If they are to only see the negative aspects, I do urge them to put a ban on internet too after the office hours.

    Government is gone mad now, these are impositions of govt through this institution called PTA,

    Fact is, Idiots are running this country. They should put a ban on life. I am not a user of these night packages but I see that its wrong in principle to ban them.

    They are only and only advertised because the traffic on cell phone networks is much more less in night then day. So Cellular companies want some benefit out of that by providing lower tariff for off peak hours.

    Rehman Malik invented the banning process and now more and more dept as well as govt orgs and using this without thinking a bit of it.

    Hamara kiya banay ga ;-( Already world’s top services are not here in Pakistan, the ones we have will be grabbed back.

    I condemn every such act of current govt led by PPP and departments working under it.

  • disqus_VS07NIAODC

    Best Step ….

  • desi

    don’t understand why people in PK wants gov. to control their lives? are we so stupid that we don’t know when to talk and when to sleep? what next ban restaurants after dark?

  • khnaveed

    LOL !! Now all “Night” Packages will be renamed as “Day” Packages :) …

  • Arslan Tariq

    Thank God PTA koi to acha kaam kiya

  • Ali

    Janu Kya ab hum raat bhar baat nhi kar Sakain Ge
    Dear jan ab humare faise ab humare nhi Rahe Govt. ne Theeka lia hai

  • What will be night packages timings?
    11-6 or 12-8
    who will decide it….
    night package should ban but only 12am – 6 am…
    next…. society achi kro… log bhi achy hon gy… PTA cant stop these teenagers… they will use internet, sms or any other mean…. Shame on Pakistani government and media

    • moxet

      hahaha 4, 5 sal pehlay to yay packages nahe tay, to kia teenagers mar gay tay in packages ke waja say..

  • Mudassar

    Good Step, but very late. They should ban this from start. But better late then never.

    Now, ban all morning hourly packages. There is not need of these hourly & unlimited call packages from 9am to 6pm etc. If possible, restrict unlimited sms bundles too. We need to stop wasting times on these stupid forward sms & call. Need to grow up now.

  • Zaffar Abbas

    Best efforts… ;)

  • what will happen if they lower the call rates may be something like 5p per minute :P

  • Guest

    In last 6 to 7 years, these nite packages have put our youth especially guys in extremly bad situation.. and in contrast gals got the advantage by moving ahead.. notice urself… who got the most postions in the major exams.. almost all gals.. gals larkoo ko baatao mein laga kar khud tu agay bar gain hai aur larko ko peecha chooooor diya…

  • Orange

    Pta you did the right thing everytime I go to university I see male and female texting each other and not doing their studies I think all student cell phone packages should be banned our people are following western culture and becoming dumb and wasting their parents hard earned money.

    • Shahid Saleem

      What next, ban skype?

  • Imran

    very good !

  • Alpha

    A very Good Step by PTA

  • an

    dsad

  • an

    Good Step. No doubt many people are using these packages positively but i know dozen of people who are using for negative. My personal opinion is that mostly this is being used negatively. How. raat ak esi cheez hai jab teen agers k jazbaat apni peak par hoty hain. jab 3-4 hours baat ho gi raat ko tu sheetan k influnce k chances ziyada hain. first edhar udahr ki batain than piyar ki than sex ki. aur milny ki planning. jab larka larki milain gy tanhai main tu you can imagin. esi tarha ki bohat si possiblities. bohat se log sick kahain gy. but this is a bitter truth which cannot be denied.

  • Society showing signs of break down and illiteracy. People dying on the streets and all the government can think of is killing business and taking facilities away from people. Why does the government not impose ban on corruption which they themselves are involved in. I fail to understand the mentality of people here, they blame night packages for everything like this wasnt happening before. I would say people had much more maturity before zia ul haq came who caused this degenerative one sided extremist society. According to studies 60 % of the people talking on phone are guards who are on duty across pakistan at night. Also army men who cares about them because they sleep at day time and talk to family at night. All you can see is the bad side. Why dont you control your kids and leave them alone. Why cant they make decisions for themsleves. I have to go piss why does the government not help me in that too,.

  • Today i received text msg by ufone about 24/7 package ufone to ufone? Which package been banned, zong is working ufone is working mobilink i working, is it some kind of a joke by PTA, bribed heavily packages are active and on going offers textssg being sent. Stop joking with the nation and do.something for real.

  • Muhammad Shafeeq

    Very Good

    Its a great step but it come a bit latter. It should be baned from ab-initio. Can u believe that if u want to make a business call it is very costly but these night and other packages are very cheap. Why.?