In parts of Islamabad, primarily in Red Zone areas, amid security situation in the capital, Mobile phone services have been suspended. It is finally confirmed by simspk that mobile phone services is banned in some areas of Islamabad.
In Red Zone of Islamabad, cellular mobile operators shut down their networks on the directions of Pakistan Telecommunication Authority. Furthermore, a notice has been sent to mobile companies in which it is acknowledged them that they remain prepared for suspension of services in other parts of the capital Islamabad too.
At present, the areas of mobile phone service closure in Islamabad start from Pakistan Secretariat in G5, President House, Parliaments, Prime Minister House, Diplomatic Enclave, Bari Imam as well as surrounding regions, i.e. area starting from Margalla Road to Kashmir Chowk and China Chowk till Quaid-e-Azam University. Notice from PTA further said that service has to continue suspended till further orders.
According to experts, this suspension of cellular service in Islamabad has is because of the Independence Day Parade that is going to be organized on 14th august. Moreover, the Long March has also established a ground where Ministry of Interior considered it suitable to suspend services in critical areas of federal capital. When PTI lead Long March will reach Islamabad somewhere around evening of 14th August 2014, Interior Ministry of Pakistan have hinted severe situation. Till the settlement of the law and security situation in Islamabad, current situation may require for service suspension in additional areas of the city.
Especially during political processions and Long Marches, suspension of cellular service causes large scale panic among the masses. Intensive challenges are faced by co-ordination, planning, grouping and organization of such events in the absence of cellular services.
In the past, we have also seen that suspension of cellular service can bother riots and can end-up in evil damage of private as well as public property, just for the reason that in dearth of any communication (from the leadership), crowd can get violent and blind.