When will internet services be restored in Pakistan?

In recent news, it is reported that the internet suspension has resulted in an approximate revenue loss of Rs 820 million for telecom operators. It took political turmoil when Pakistan banned Telecommunication services. You are required to read this article and follow us around for learning the details in regard to this news. Continue reading for more details.


Internet Services in Pakistan

People in crisis-hit Pakistan are facing a serious dilemma as million remained offline for now three days in a row as the government revoked mobile broadband services after the arrest of Imran Khan, who now gets temporary relief from the Supreme Court. Amid the clashes, the country’s telecom regulator said the services have been revoked for an indefinite period on the interior ministry’s instructions as violent clashes have broken out between security forces and supporters of PTI.

As millions are desperately looking to reconnect while they rely on internet-dependent services, the suspension caused faced financial losses, whereas telecom officials remain tight-lipped about the revival of the internet. The South Asian country is already ranked among the world’s worst nations in terms of Internet access, the recent outage was no less than chaotic development. The internet suspension even makes Pakistanis toothless to grab any work on the freelance work platform ‘FIVER’ which cautioned clients about the unavailability of the internet. Daily wagers who work on online services like Careem, and FoodPanda remain in dire straits.

Internet disruptions also impacted Pakistani startups, digital creators, and online education projects as well. Besides mobile broadband, social media sites including Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook are not working for users as people are unable to connect on social platforms. The Pakistani government’s decision to shut down mobile internet services across the country has led to a significant loss of revenue for mobile phone companies and online taxi and bike services.

The move came after the arrest of former Prime Minister Imran Khan sparked protests nationwide. In the past two days, online taxi and bike services have been shut down due to the internet shutdown, causing inconvenience to commuters who rely on these services for transportation. According to sources in the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority, there is no possibility of internet restoration in the country today. The government and mobile phone companies are facing a daily loss of one billion rupees due to the internet shutdown.

This loss of revenue is likely to have a significant impact on the already struggling economy of Pakistan. The decision to shut down mobile internet services has also been criticized by human rights activists and journalists, who say that it is a violation of the right to freedom of expression and access to information. The Pakistani government has yet to provide a timeline for the restoration of internet services in the country. As the shutdown continues, the people of Pakistan are left to deal with the consequence of this decision.

Thank you for being a patient reader.

Shreya Gupta

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