Unlike many of us had feared, mobile phone services are not going to get suspended on Election Day, told Ishtiaq Ahmed, Secretary Election Commission, while speaking with media yesterday.
There were partial guesses about the suspension of mobile phone services – at least in sensitive areas of the country – on election day, i.e. May 11th, 2013. However, this statement by Secretary Election Commission turns out to be a relief for telecom operators and the mobile phone customers.
PPPP lead, previous government, had heavily used the cellular service suspensions to tackle the terrorism but it appears that the interim government has taken a different and somewhat effective route by not blocking mobile phone services.
It maybe recalled here that experts are predicting terror disruption on Election day.
It merits mentioning here that mobile phone services — after departure of Mr. Rehman Malik – are blocked only once and that too in Lahore for a brief period of time.
Almost all cellular companies reported huge losses in their last quarter (of 2012) due to forced service suspensions and other regulatory pressures from the government.