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PTA orders cellular service providers to shut all SMS, call packages

Cell phones go silent in 52 cities across Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has directed all telecom companies operating in the country to discontinue offering text and voice call packages to customers at any and all times of the day, and submit a compliance report on September 2, 2013, a report said on Thursday. 

A letter from the PTA Director General Muhammad Talib Dogar reminded relevant authorities of a PTA Directive from Nov 14, 2012, which instructed all operating companies to quit offering chat packages “contrary to moral values of the society”.

Accrording to ProPakistani  Dogar further said that voice and chat packages were, however, still operational in violation of the policy and should be terminated immediately and a compliance report submitted in this regard.

“Keeping in view the foregoing, all Cellular Mobile Operators are hereby once again directed to immediately stop all kind of chat packages (Voice and SMS) irrespective of time of the day and submit compliance by Sep 2, 2013,” said letter.

Omar Manzoor, Director Communications and CSR at Mobilink confirmed to the website that his company received the directive late today. He said that Mobilink is reviewing the directive and will act accordingly.