Cellular service suspended in Bajaur Agency

KHAR: Without providing any solid reason, the local political administration put off cellular phone service in Bajaur Agency.

According to sources, the administration asked the local franchise of all cellular phone firms to close their towers and detach their networks in the agency.

Sources said that the verdict was taken on the orders of senior officials.

We don’t know about reason behind disconnection of cellular phone service in the region. The decision was taken on the instructions of senior officials, they added.

The agents of several mobile phone corporations and venders of franchise in the agency established that the facilities were put off on the orders of local administration. They said that the management initiated them to hang cellular phone service instantaneously through the agency. On the other hand, they declined to share more details.

We don’t know anything about the suspension of mobile phone service nor the administration mentioned any cause for taking the decision, they said.

An official of the local political administration confirmed interruption of cellular phone service in the agency.

He said that mobile phone service in the region was postponed due to security reasons. It was destined to promote and improve law and order in the agency especially in the border areas, he added.

The official stated that the conclusion was taken in a high level meeting. Rendering to the decision, all mobile networks across the agency would remain postponed for undisclosed period.

We know that it is very tough decision, but the step has been taken in the larger interest of the agency. We will try our best to resume the mobile phone service as soon as possible, said the official.

It was for the first time since May 2012 that mobile phone service was put off in the agency. The local people presented alarms over the interruption of cellular phone service and called it unjust.

The suspension of cellular phone service would cause problems and create fear among the residents of agency, they said.


The post originally appeared in The Dawn News