The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has disclosed that it has not yet obtained any directive from the government pertaining to the revival of mobile internet services.
The halt on mobile broadband services throughout Pakistan was put into effect by the telecom regulator on May 9, in response to the violent unrest that broke out following the arrest of Imran Khan.
Supporters of PTI resorted to aggressive protests targeting military and government structures in Lahore, Rawalpindi, and Peshawar. This incited the authorities to maintain order by suspending mobile internet services and impeding access to major social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.
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Today, the PTA clarified that the suspension of mobile internet services across the country will continue until further directives, though it reassured users that broadband internet service is still operational.
The telecom regulator has stated that since the Ministry of Interior implemented the suspension, it hasn’t received any further instructions regarding the reinstatement of mobile internet services.
On Thursday, Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah conveyed that he anticipates mobile internet services will likely be resumed within the next 36 hours.