Islamabad (November 02, 2018): Mobile phone services will remain suspended in Islamabad and other major cities of Punjab today (Friday) from 08:00am till 06:00pm, Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry announced in a tweet late on Thursday.
In his tweet , the minister said that mobile and internet service will remain suspended in Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Lahore and Gujranwala.
Mobile services of Lahore Pindi ISL and Gujranwala Will be blocked from 8 am till Mughrib
— Ch Fawad Hussain (@fawadchaudhry) November 1, 2018
The mobile and internet service will remain suspended owing to security concerns as the protests being held across the country against the acquittal of Asia Bibi.
The Supreme Court on Wednesday acquitted Bibi of blasphemy charges, ending her eight-year ordeal on death row but sparking demonstrations by religious parties countrywide.Protesters blocked roads in major cities across the country, amid efforts by the government to defuse the situation.
Private and public educational institutions are closed across Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Punjab, Balochistan and Sindh’s Karachi today in view of the situation.
In a televised national broadcast late on Wednesday, Prime Minister Imran Khan warned the protesters the government would act against any prolonged blockade.
“We will not allow any damages. We will not allow traffic to be blocked,” Khan said. “I appeal to you, do not push the state to the extent that it is forced to take action.”A review petition was filed in the Supreme Court’s Lahore registry against Asia Bibi’s acquittal on Thursday. The review seeks Bibi’s name to be placed on the Exit Control List, which the government has underscored it does not plan to do.
“Federal Government has no plan to put Aasia Bibi’s name on ECL or appeal for a review against the court’s verdict,” the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) tweeted from its official account.
“A review petition has been filed by the concerned party which has nothing to do with the government,” it added.
Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry said officials had entered talks with the protesters ahead of mass demonstrations scheduled for Friday.
“Negotiations are ongoing in Lahore and Rawalpindi and I will be able to say something about them later,” Chaudhry told a press briefing, but warned that violence would not be ignored.
“All those found involved in defying the writ of the state will have to pay the price.”