Pakistan’s Mobile Phone Networks Shut-Down Due to Chinese Premier Visit

Pakistan Telecommunication Authority has ordered the mobile networks to shut-down their phone services in the cities of Islamabad and Rawalpindi due to a visit to the country by the Chinese Prime Minister.

The mobile networks were all ordered to shut-down the service until 1pm local time.

It is the first overseas visit of Premier Li Keqiang after he became premier of the People’s Republic of China. He will be in Pakistan for two days. He will also visit India, Switzerland and Germany.

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang is here to talk on power generation issues of Pakistan and is ready to help in ending the energy crisis that triggers power cuts of up to 20 hours a day.

Suspending mobile phone services is an increasingly common occurrence in Pakistan as the regulator cites their use during terrorist attacks, often timed to coincide with religious holidays. 

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