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Ghaznis struggling with no telecom services at night

Ghaznis struggling with no telecom services at night

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Mar 28, 2018 - 20:32

GHAZNI CITTY (Pajhwok): Some residents of southern Ghazni province on Wednesday complained telecom services continued to be suspended every night in many localities, calling it a great inconvenience.

Samiullah, a resident of Gian district, told Pajhwok Afghan News nighttime suspension of telecom services had been ongoing over the past six months in their district.

Talibaninfo-icon militants have torched two or three mobile antennas and since then telecom services are not working at nighttime but daytime service is also not well as it had been previously.”

He said telecom services remained suspended from 6pm to 6am on a daily basis.

Mohammad Ibrahim, a resident of Arzo area of the provincial capital Ghazni City, expressed similar concern about the issue.

He said those living near the city were able to access mobile phone networks after climbing their rooftops but those a little far away lacked the facility.

A resident of Deh Yak district, Abdul Khaliq, said they had been struggling with the same problem over the past few months.

“At night the networks are completely down and at day time the signals works when there is no war,” he said.

According to his information, currently in Khogyani, Waghaz, Qara Bagh, Gilan, Giro, Deh Yak, Ab Band, Zankhan and Rashidan districts face night time suspensions of telecom services.

About the issue, the governor's spokesman, Mohammad Arif Noori, said Taliban militants had warned mobile companies to switch off their antennas at night.

He did not mention any location but added militants had burnt antennas in some areas.

Provincial information technology officials say they have been trying to resolve the issue as soon as possible.

Zabihullah Mujahid, a Taliban spokesman, admitted they had forced telecom companies into switching off their antennas at night.

He said security forces used SIM cards during nighttime operations and therefore the Taliban had ordered telecom services to be suspended at night.

Telecom companies’ officials have not yet commented about the issue.

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