Telcos Bear Massive Revenue Loss After Suspension of Mobile Internet in Pakistan

The suspension of mobile broadband services has had a devastating effect on the economy, resulting in substantial losses for telecom operators, the government, and the people of Pakistan.Sources in the telecom sector told ProPakistani that the telecom…

The suspension of mobile broadband services has had a devastating effect on the economy, resulting in substantial losses for telecom operators, the government, and the people of Pakistan.

Sources in the telecom sector told ProPakistani that the telecom operators have incurred an estimated revenue loss of Rs. 820 million, while the government has lost around Rs. 287 million in tax revenue.

Additionally, individuals who depend on digital apps such as Careem, InDrive, FoodPanda, and others have suffered a significant loss in earnings, while digital payments have come to a standstill. The suspension has caused widespread inconvenience and hardship to the masses mandating immediate attention of the concerned authorities to resume data services.

Sources said besides telecom companies, consumers were also incurring losses. They explained that customers who subscribe to daily bundles using data are on the losing side as well because, with data services suspended, users are unable to activate any bundles.

Commenting on the situation, Jazz CEO Aamir Ibrahim said that shutting down the internet is not a solution to anything as it creates more problems than it solves. “For almost 24 hours, 125 million Pakistanis have been without mobile internet – a critical tool in emergencies and productivity,” he said.

Aamir stressed that the devastating effect on the economy is quantifiable but the inconvenience to people is incalculable.

It bears mentioning that mobile internet services have been shut down in many cities across Pakistan since Tuesday.

The disruption in services emerged on Tuesday as protests erupted after the arrest of former prime minister Imran Khan. The situation has persisted and shows no signs of cooling off.

Mobile users have reported disruption in services in many cities including Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Lahore, and Karachi. Service disruption has been reported on all leading mobile networks in the country.

Source: Pro Pakistani

Internet and Social Media Disrupted in Pakistan Following Imran Khan’s Arrest

Internet services have been disrupted across Pakistan following former PM Imran Khan’s arrest.Social media platforms including Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube are not working on multiple internet providers in several parts of Pakistan. Additionally, to…

Internet services have been disrupted across Pakistan following former PM Imran Khan’s arrest.

Social media platforms including Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube are not working on multiple internet providers in several parts of Pakistan. Additionally, total internet shutdowns have been observed for mobile networks in some areas.

The data comes from NetBlocks which has taken a sample size of 120 measurements from 60 vantage points across Pakistan for its study. For now, you can try using VPN services to get across the censorship on fixed broadband connections, but mobile internet issues cannot be worked around at the moment as those are total internet shutdowns.

It remains unclear when internet services will be recovered but for now, several roads and other areas in Islamabad remain blocked due to ongoing protests and gathering crowds. We will likely have to wait a while before the situation reverts back to normal.

Let us know in the comments if you are having any internet issues other than the ones mentioned above.

Source: Pro Pakistani

Contempt of Parliament Will Soon Land You in Jail in Pakistan

The Contempt of Parliament Bill 2023 was presented by the National Assembly’s Standing Committee on Rules of Procedure and Privileges Chairman, Qasim Noon, on Tuesday.During the presentation, Noon questioned the parliament’s supremacy and urged accoun…

The Contempt of Parliament Bill 2023 was presented by the National Assembly’s Standing Committee on Rules of Procedure and Privileges Chairman, Qasim Noon, on Tuesday.

During the presentation, Noon questioned the parliament’s supremacy and urged accountability for those who disrespect it.

The bill proposes a punishment of two to six years in prison and a fine of one million rupees for contempt of parliament.

The law would apply to government and state institution officials as well as the general public.

The bill also creates a parliamentary committee composed of 24 members from both the treasury and opposition benches to investigate cases of contempt brought before it.

The committee will then suggest a punishment that will be finalized by the relevant leader of the house.

Earlier, Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Chief Bilawal Bhutto Zardari accused the Supreme Court of committing contempt of parliament by undermining the House’s decisions.

Source: Pro Pakistani

Rs. 56 Lac and Phones Stolen From DHA House in Karachi

A home in Defence Housing Authority (DHA) Phase V was attacked by armed robbers in the early hours of Tuesday.Gizri police department responded quickly to the distress call, confirming that the culprits gained entry to the residence by breaking throug…

A home in Defence Housing Authority (DHA) Phase V was attacked by armed robbers in the early hours of Tuesday.

Gizri police department responded quickly to the distress call, confirming that the culprits gained entry to the residence by breaking through barbed wire fence that surrounded the property.

Once inside, they quickly took over the situation, holding the residents hostage for nearly 30 minutes. The thieves brazenly stole a staggering sum of Rs. 5.6 million in cash, as well as a collection of precious mobile phones, while brandishing their rifles.

SHO Amir Chaudhry, who is in charge of the investigation, expressed deep concern over the occurrence.

The absence of any CCTV cameras on the premises provided the crooks with an unwarranted sense of invincibility. However, the crime scene unit’s persistent efforts managed to rescue critical evidence that will certainly play a significant part in the continuing investigation, perhaps leading to the identification and capture of the culprits.

Source: Pro Pakistani

Petroleum Division Seeks Comments on Transfer of Govt Stakes in NPP, GEPCO to PSO

Petroleum Division has requested comments on Pakistan State Oil’s (PSO) plan to acquire shares of GEPCO and Nandipur Power Plant against pending dues of Rs. 100 billion.The Petroleum Division submitted a draft summary to the Prime Minister before appr…

Petroleum Division has requested comments on Pakistan State Oil’s (PSO) plan to acquire shares of GEPCO and Nandipur Power Plant against pending dues of Rs. 100 billion.

The Petroleum Division submitted a draft summary to the Prime Minister before approaching the Cabinet Committee on Energy (CCoE). So far, the Power Division hasn’t submitted any comment, and further delays may render the investigation premature and inconclusive, reported Business Recorder.

In response to the Petroleum Division’s request, the PM’s office stated that the transfer of DISCOs to provinces is currently being discussed with the provinces, while GEPCO’s transfer is also being discussed with the Punjab government.

Comments on the appropriateness of the parallel proposal for the sale of GEPCO to PSO may be provided in the circumstances. Petroleum Division has requested that the necessary views/comments on the draft summary, as well as the observations raised by Prime Minister’s Office to Petroleum Division, be provided as soon as possible. Meanwhile, the Petroleum Division, in consultation with the Power Division and Finance Division, will investigate the proposed equity transfer to PSO against its receivables and present it to the CCoE first.

According to the Petroleum Division, if the proposed option is successfully implemented, it will benefit both parties by reducing PSO’s circular debt receivables while requiring no cash outflow. Because the power plants are income-generating assets, a significant portion of their earnings will still flow back to the government in the form of dividends and taxes.

Pertinently, PSO has proposed a number of non-cash settlement options for its receivables in order to unblock its trapped retained earnings from government departments and others.

PSOs may also be permitted to sell 30 percent of the power generated under the B2B arrangement, with the remainder being dispatched to the national grid. Based on the proposed transaction structure and modalities for NPP and GEPCO, PSO intends to refurbish the asset in the future to improve its efficiency and position it for the merchant market.

Source: Pro Pakistani

Colleges and Universities in Punjab to Remain Closed on Thursday and Friday

All public sector colleges, universities and other educational institutions under the administrative control of Higher Education Department in Punjab will remain closed on May 11 and May 12 (Thursday and Friday).In a notification, the Higher Education…

All public sector colleges, universities and other educational institutions under the administrative control of Higher Education Department in Punjab will remain closed on May 11 and May 12 (Thursday and Friday).

In a notification, the Higher Education Department of the province said that the decision has been taken due to the prevailing security situation across Punjab.

Moreover, the papers of Secondary School First Annual Examination 2023 (Part-I) to be held on Thursday and Friday have also been postponed until further orders.

It is pertinent to mention here that the Interior Ministry approved army deployment in Punjab to address the deteriorating law and order situation earlier in the day.

Source: Pro Pakistani

Major Cities Across Pakistan to Face Fuel Shortage

Oil marketing companies (OMCs) are struggling to maintain supplies in Lahore and other Pakistani cities due to the law and order situation.Petroleum dealers have warned that more than 50% of filling stations could run dry, raising concerns among citiz…

Oil marketing companies (OMCs) are struggling to maintain supplies in Lahore and other Pakistani cities due to the law and order situation.

Petroleum dealers have warned that more than 50% of filling stations could run dry, raising concerns among citizens and businesses.

The Petroleum Dealers Association’s Secretary General, Jahanzeb Malik, said the supply interruption was a precaution due to Pakistan’s unstable situation. In light of rising tensions, OMC has halted supplies to protect staff and customers.

Protests and demonstrations have erupted nationwide due to former prime minister Imran Khan’s arrest. Roadblocks, traffic congestion, and violence have made it harder for OMCs to supply petroleum products.

The shortage stands to threaten commuting, transportation, and various other businesses. It could also affect essential services such as hospitals, emergency responders, and other critical sectors that depend on fuel.

The authorities are trying to contain the situation across Pakistan. PTI representatives have stated that the nationwide protests will not stop unless Khan is set free. The story is still developing as the situation continues to shift across the country.

Source: Pro Pakistani