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Youngsters adopt Net chatting after cell phone suspension
November 26, 2012
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RAWALPINDI: After suspension of mobile phone services in 49 cities on the 9th and 10th of Muharram in Pakistan, the youngsters, addicted to chat with each other through SMS, have find their way to communicate with each other via social websites including Facebook, Twitter and others.

Sources in Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) said that heavy traffic was witnessed on social websites including Facebook, Twitter etc because mostly youngsters remained in front of their computers and laptops to chat with their friends and to share news with each other.

Youngsters said that the government has failed to stop the terrorist activities. They said despite suspension of mobile services we witnessed bomb blast in Dera Ismail Khan (DIK), which proved the failure of law enforcement agencies.

They said that suspension of mobile services has only created problems for the general public.

“In big cities where people have internet facility have found their way to communicate with each other by using social websites, but where people don’t have internet are really facing many problems, as they don’t have any sources of communication,” they added.

Abdul Hafeez, a university student, said, “I am habitual of chatting with my friends on SMS and like me there are thousands of youngsters who are addicted to SMS service and sharing news with friends.”

Although the mobile service is suspended, yet the youngsters have started using social websites for chatting and sharing latest news with each other, he added.

A high official in PTA on the condition of anonymity said that heavy traffic was seen in big cities on social websites and most favourite were the Facebook and Twitter.

“The people it truly affects is every other Pakistani who may not have any alternative means of communication,” wrote Nadir Hassan in a column on Friday in The Express Tribune newspaper.

“These are the people caught in accidents who need to call for help, those who just want to go about their everyday business without being unduly hindered by the state,” Hassan said.


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