Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Pak government warns to stop mobile, internet services amid power crisis

Pakistan is facing an escalation of its power crisis, due to which the government has warned of shutting down internet and mobile services across the country.

Pakistan may face internet shutdown amid heavy power crisis. (Image for representation: Reuters)

Pakistan’s National Information Technology Board (NITB) has warned of shutdown of mobile and internet services in the country amid power outages.

NITB wrote on Twitter, “Telecom operators in Pakistan have warned of shutdown of mobile and internet services due to prolonged power outages across the country, as the interruption is causing problems and disruption in their operations.”

According to a Geo News report, Pakistani Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif has warned the country that he may face load shedding in the coming month of July.

“Pakistan could not get the required liquefied natural gas (LNG) supplies even though the coalition government was trying to make the deal possible,” the PM said.

The country is facing an electricity crisis as it failed to agree a deal for the national gas supply next month. According to a Geo News report, Refinitiv data has shown that the country is struggling to buy LNG for power generation, which is driving demand.

To promote energy conservation, the Pakistan government has cut working hours for government employees and ordered early closure of factories’ shopping malls in various cities, including Karachi.

“The government is talking to Qatar about a new five- or 10-year LNG supply deal for three monthly cargoes, as well as an additional cargo under an existing deal,” Pakistan’s Finance Minister Mifta Ismail said.

Inflation in Pakistan hit double digits in July, the biggest increase in nearly six years.

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