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IHC declares suspension of cellular services for security reasons illegal

ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Monday declared the suspension of mobile phone services on the pretext of security as illegal, ARY News reported.

The verdict came on petitions challenging the government’s decision of frequently shutting down cellular services in the federal capital over security concerns.

Justice Athar Minallah had reserved verdict on the petitions on December 21 after hearing arguments from all sides.

Back in March 2016, residents of Islamabad took the federal authorities to the court for suspending mobile services for security reasons.

The petitioners submitted that the suspension of telecom services in the name of security greatly disturbed their lives, adding that such a practice was also illegal under the relevant telecom laws.

They pleaded with the court to restrain the government from shutting down the mobile services.

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