Pak government warns of shutting down mobile and internet services due to electricity crisis

Pakistan is facing an escalating energy crisis due to which the government has warned against shutting down internet and mobile services across the country.

Amid a massive power crisis, Pakistan could face an internet blackout. (Image for representation: Reuters)

The National Information Technology Board of Pakistan (NITB) has warned of shutting down mobile and internet services due to power outages in the country.

“Telecom operators in Pakistan have warned against shutting down mobile and internet services due to long hours of power outages across the country as the interruption is causing problems and hampering their operations,” the NITB wrote. on Twitter.

Pakistani Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has warned the country that it could face increased load shedding in the coming month of July, Geo News reported.

“Pakistan could not secure the required liquefied natural gas (LNG) supply, however, the coalition government was trying to make the deal possible,” the prime minister said.

The country has been facing an energy crisis since failing to agree on a deal for national gas supply next month. Refinitiv data showed the country was struggling to buy LNG for power generation amid a heat wave that is boosting demand, Geo News reported.

In a bid to boost energy conservation, the Pakistani government has reduced working hours for civil servants and ordered the early closure of factory malls in various cities, including Karachi.

“The government is discussing with Qatar a new five- or ten-year LNG supply agreement for three monthly shipments, as well as an additional shipment under an existing agreement,” Pakistan’s Minister of Finance said. Finance, Miftah Ismail.

Inflation in Pakistan crossed the double-digit mark in July, the highest increase in nearly six years.

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