KHOST CITY (Pajhwok): Residents of southeastern Khost province complain that telecom services are suspended every night in districts, calling for an early end to their inconvenience.
Kabir Khan, an inhabitant of Ismaelkhel and Mandozi district, told Pajhwok Afghan News that telecom services were suspended from evening until morning.
In addition to the common people, government and private-sector workers also grumble about the problem.
Khalil Jan Gurbaz, hailing from Gurbaz district, said the telecom services had not been available for the past six days, hampering their work.
Telecommunication and Information Technology Director Mohammad Arif Ahmadzai acknowledged the suspension of telecom services in the province over the past few days. He has shared the issue with telecom firms.
Saeed Shinwari, spokesman for the Afghanistan Telecom Regulatory Authority (ATRA), confirmed the firms had suspended their services in the province due to security threats.
He said ATRA was striving to resolve the problems being faced by the telecom companies. He promised the situation would return to normal soon.
According to Shinwari, the militants have torched or damaged at least 51 telecom towers in different provinces of the country in the past four months.
However, the Taliban have said nothing yet in this regard.