Pakistan: Government warns against shutting down mobile internet services due to electricity crisis

Pakistani telecom operators warned on Thursday that mobile and internet services could be shut down due to lengthy power outages that would hamper their operations.

Taking to Twitter, the National Information Technology Board (NIBT) said: “Telecom operators in Pakistan have warned of shutting down mobile and internet services due to long hours of power outages in the whole country, because the interruption causes problems and hinders their operations”.

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

Sharif also said the country could not get the required supply of liquefied natural gas (LNG), but the government was trying to make the deal possible.

The Pakistani government has cut working hours for civil servants and ordered shopping malls and factories to close early to save energy. The country has been facing an energy crisis since failing to agree on a deal to buy the 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.

According to the data, Pakistan’s monthly fuel imports will hit a four-year high in June. The country is struggling to buy LNG for power generation as demand surges due to a heat wave.

Pakistan signed a first electricity supply agreement with Qatar in 2016 for five shipments per month and one in 2021, under which Pakistan currently receives three monthly shipments. Despite this, the country is currently facing widespread power cuts.

“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.

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