Locals protest against mobile internet ban in Bajaur
Hundreds of local residents staged a protest on Wednesday against the shutdown of mobile internet by cellular service providers in the Bajaur tribal district of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (KP).
They said there had been a mobile internet outage for the past few days, but on Tuesday internet signals disappeared completely.
“We live in a modern age where the internet has become part of our daily life and its sudden disconnection has turned the lives of the tribesmen upside down at a big time,” they said.
The protesters blocked the Peshawar-Bajaur highway for several hours and demanded from the authorities a full restoration of the internet.
“Due to the sudden ban on 3G and 4G internet in the tribal district, students are facing real difficulties with the telecommunications sector,” they observed, adding that a large number of Bajaur residents work in other cities including Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad and mobile internet is the cheapest way to connect to your loved one.
Meanwhile, when contacted, a district administration official told The Express Tribune that mobile internet had been shut down due to the worsening law and order situation in the province.
“Activists have made a comeback in recent months and they are using mobile internet for connectivity. As a preventative measure, it has therefore been decided to ban 4G and 3G internet services in the district,” he said. .
Published in The Express Tribune, May 19and2022.