In recent days, Gilgit Baltistan witnessed a series of protests arising from sectarian tensions in one of its towns. These demonstrations reportedly featured anti-state slogans and calls to reopen the borders. In response, the Pakistani government temporarily suspended mobile data services in the region. However, after a 16-day hiatus, these services have fully restored, bringing respite to the local populace.
The Gilgit-Baltistan Home and Prisons department officially conveyed its decision to restore 4G cellular internet services in the region via a letter addressed to the Secretary of the Ministry of Interior. This decision, following improved security conditions as affirmed by the GB government, led the national telecom regulator, the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA), to reinstate mobile cellular internet services.
Furthermore, the official press release issued by the Gilgit-Baltistan government highlighted that the initial suspension aimed at restoring law and order in the region. With the situation having notably improved, the GB government has taken swift action to alleviate the difficulties faced by students, companies, and freelancers who heavily depend on internet connectivity for their activities.
Additionally, the GB government has issued a stern warning, vowing to take stringent legal measures against individuals responsible for disseminating obscene and hate-filled content on the internet.
This decision to restore internet services is particularly uplifting for the local population, notably freelancers and tech-related businesses, who had borne the brunt of the internet suspension. It signifies a significant step towards normalcy and renewed opportunities for those reliant on internet access in the region.