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Telecom firms warned against service blackout in Jawzjan

8 Jul 2019 - 14:22
8 Jul 2019 - 14:22

SHIBERGHAN (Pajhwok): The governor of northern Jawzjan province on Monday warned private telecom companies of not allowing them operate if they failed to offer 24 hours service in the province.

Telecom companies in Jawzjan have decided to cease their services after 4pm everyday following threats from insurgents.

Jawzjan governor Mualvi Lotfullah Azizi told a press conference here that telecom companies had been suspending their services after 4pm until next morning every day since last three days. “It is unclear why they’re doing this and it confuses the public mind,” he said.

He said no telecom companies had provided evidence that they were threatened by insurgents but had closed all offices their offices in the provincial capital and districts since Sunday.

Azizi asked telecom companies to make available their services for 24 hours a day or they would be not permitted in the province for function.

Mohammad Nasim Baligh, Jawzjan information and technology director, said, “Telecom companies should inform us about security threats they are facing, but they did not do so.”

He said only Etisalat Telecom Company had informed his department on telephone that they were threatened by insurgents.

Baligh said they had shared the issue with the Ministry of Telecommunication and Information Technology (MCIT) and other relevant organs for a solution.

Residents of Shiberghan expressed concern over the limited telecom services and said they have been facing many problems over the last three days.

Ehsanullah, a student of Jawzjan University, said, “I study in this university and stay here in hostile, I need to contact family every now and then,”

He accused the government of its failure to resolve the issue and said, “Government officials should take action and find a solution to the blackout.”

Samiullah, another Shiberghan resident, said that Taliban had control over most areas of the city and it empowered them to control telecom companies.

He said the government was weak to stop insurgents form advancing and that was why the rebels influenced the entire society and could apply restrictions on them.

However, Col. Abdul Wahid Wijdan, Jawzjan police chief, said that the telecom services blackout in the province had nothing to do with security issues.

He said the companies suspended their services arbitrarily and they should respond to people about it. “The situation in Jawzjan is not that bad that companies should stop services to people”, he added.

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