Pakistan warns of shutting down mobile and internet services due to power outages

On Friday, Pakistan’s National Information Technology Board (NITB) warned against shutting down mobile phone and internet services due to the ongoing power outage 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 said. on Twitter.

The NIBT statement comes days after Pakistan’s prime minister warned of a surge in electricity load in July as the country failed to strike a deal for natural gas supplies for the month. . “Pakistan could not source LNG, but the coalition government is trying to make the deal possible,” Shehbaz said.

The country of Pakistan has faced an escalation in its energy crisis. Additionally, the country’s monthly fuel oil imports hit a four-year high in June. The country has alternated for two years between importing oil and LNG, depending on their prices, to meet its energy needs.

According to reports, LNG tenders were abandoned by the country in July due to high prices. This is not the first time that Pakistan has failed to finalize an LNG tender. Also earlier, state-owned Pakistan LNG Ltd dropped a tender for LNG shipments in July after receiving the most expensive bid ever delivered to the country.

To boost energy conservation, the Pakistani government has reduced working hours for civil servants and ordered the early closure of shopping malls and factories in various cities, including Karachi. It already has two long-term supply agreements with Qatar, the first signed in 2016 for five shipments per month, and the second in 2021. Pakistani Finance Minister Miftah Ismail said the “government is in talks with Qatar over a new five-cargo contract”. or a 10-year LNG supply contract for three monthly cargoes, plus one additional cargo under an existing contract”.

Reports mention that the main reason for power outages in Pakistan is a shortage of electricity and energy sources. This led to 12-hour blackouts in several states. Apparently, adding to the crisis, inflation also hit double digits in July, marking the biggest increase in almost six years.

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