Pak warns of shutting down mobile and internet services in the event of a power outage

Pakistani telecom operators have warned that mobile and internet services could be shut down following nationwide power cuts 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,” Pakistan wrote. National Information Technology Board (NITB) on Twitter.

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It comes days after Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif warned the country could face increased power cuts in July.

On Monday, he said Pakistan could not get the required liquefied natural gas (LNG) supply, but added that the coalition government was trying to make the deal possible.

The country is facing an escalating energy crisis after failing to agree on a natural gas supply deal next month. Tenders for July were scrapped due to high price and low turnout as the country is already taking steps to tackle widespread blackouts, Geo News reports.

Pakistan has reduced the working hours of civil servants and ordered the early closure of shopping malls and factories in various cities, including Karachi, in a bid to save energy.

“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.

The main reason cited for power outages in Pakistan is the lack of electricity and energy sources. The country is facing a severe fuel shortage, which has led to 12-hour blackouts in several states. Due to lack of fuel, electricity supply is badly affected in Pakistan.

The fuel shortage has worsened following the global energy shortage due to the ongoing war between Russia and Ukraine.

(With agency contributions)

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