ISLAMABAD/RAWALPINDI, 16 NOVEMBER 2017: The mobile communication services have been restored after a suspension of more than five days in Faizabad and adjoining areas.
Residents of Faizabad and I-8 were facing continued mobile network shutdown since 9 November 2017, making the lives of the residents of twin cities miserable.
While the federal government remained tight-lipped about the reason for network shutdown, it is speculated that this was due to ongoing protest sit-in organized by Tehreek e Labaik ya Rasulullah.
However, it is not clear what prompted the government to restore mobile phone services despite the continued sit-in.
People suffering owing to lack of mobile network:
The mobile shutdown made the lives of the twin city residents miserable as they were finding it hard to pursue their personal and professional activities.
“I have been trying to get in touch with my son for the past two days, but could not contact him,” said Rashid whose son lived near Faizabad.
Another resident of I-8 shared: “People are not able to get in touch with their relatives, go about their businesses and even book rides through Careem and Uber.”
Talal Raza is a Program Manager at Media Matters for Democracy. He has worked with renowned media organizations and NGOs including Geo News, The Nation, United States Institute of Peace and Privacy International.