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Pakistan’s Mobile Phone Curfew

| Technology | December 4, 2012

On August 14, the government of Pakistan deliberately suspended mobile phone service for millions of subscribers in the country’s largest province of Balochistan. Ironically, it was Pakistan’s Independence Day and the citizens were supposed to enjoy their freedom. The government restricted phone calls and text messages in an effort to freeze the communication system of the political opposition. The opponents of the government increasingly use modern technology to mobilize political gatherings and criticize the official policies. Frustrated with Islamabad over the lack of political freedom and internal sovereignty, Balochistan’s indigenous people mark August 14 as a “black day.”

The Balochs, unlike the rest of Pakistan, celebrate their independence day on August 11 instead of August 14.

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