ISLAMABAD: Cellular services have been postponed across the city to delay communication between the supporters of Mumtaz Qadri but the surprising part is that the area around D-Chowk is the only place in the federal capital where there is full cellular reception.
The people at the protest are being contacted and they are easily receiving calls and carrying out conversations without any disruptions. When asked, the protesters stated that they had no problems communicating.
On March 29th there were no phone signals during the course of the day in the areas around D Chowk.
Even the roads from China Chowk to Parliament House were obstructed with hefty placement of police.
Investigation of the area by police, rangers and army helicopters sustained all over the day.
Sounds of speeches and sirens of police vehicles kept us awake all night. We feared action by the government anytime. The situation is still the same, said one resident of government quarters near D Chowk.
Residents in the twin cities are facing issues due to the signals barring in the city. The suspension around Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) and Polyclinic caused problems for thousands of daily visiting patients.
I had to arrange blood for my relative but due to absence of cellular services, I was unable to contact my friends to come and donate blood timely, said Irshad Ahmed, an attendant at PIMS.
The telecom industry said the cellular signals were shut on the orders of Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA).
We shut the services on Monday after PTA directed us to shut down the mobile services in the radius of ten kilometres around the Parliament House, an official said.
The official confessed that due to site of towers, the customers living outside the 10 kilometres radius of the Parliament House may also have no signals. He said the services might remain shut until the protesters call off their sit-in.
This is not the first time that mobile phone services have been suspended in the capital. The services are suspended often whenever there is a strike, protest or any important event.