|Cellular services restored|
27 October 2012
After four-hour long suspension, cellular services in cities including Lahore and Karachi were restored on Saturday, Express News reported.
Interior Minister Rehman Malik had announced on Friday that cellular services will be suspended in select parts of the country on the first day of Eidul Azha between 6am to 10am.
Interior ministry sources, however, revealed that cellular services will be suspended in three major cities in Punjab and Sindh, three areas in the Islamabad Capital Territory and several parts of Balochistan, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, Federally Administered Tribal Areas and Gilgit-Baltistan. They named Karachi, Rawalpindi, Multan, Sargodha, Quetta and Peshawar among the major cities where the services will be suspended.
Cellular services were earlier suspended for security reasons during Eidul Fitr and Youm-e-Ishq-e-Rasool (pbuh). Detractors say the suspension of services create a nuisance for the public and overseas Pakistanis, apart from inflicting massive losses on cellular companies and by extension, the national exchequer.
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