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Logaris uneasy with nighttime telecom services blackout

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Logaris uneasy with nighttime telecom services blackout

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Sep 25, 2018 - 23:55

PUL-I-ALAM (Pajhwok): Telecom services are switched off every night in many areas of central Logar province, say local residents, who urged an early solution to the inconvenience.

Amrullah, a resident of Dadakhel locality of Pul-i-Alam, the provincial capital, told Pajhwok Afghan News that every night of telecom services were suspended from 6pm to 6am.

He said the situation had been ongoing over the past three months and urged the government to resolve the issue at the earliest possible.

Abdul Bari, a resident of Dahno locality of Mohammad Agha district, told Pajhwok that Talibaninfo-icon insurgents in insecure areas had forced the nighttime suspension.

“Telephone is now a necessity, someone can fall ill at night and can die if not reached hospital in time, another similar issue can happen.”

Lajmir, a nother resident of Nawabad locality of the Baraki Barak district, said the nighttime suspension of telecom services had a negative impact on businesses.

“I am a businessman, my cell phone should be on for 24 hours, but it doesn’t work in Logar and has badly damaged my business.

A number of other residents held similar views and urged the government to resolve the issue.

Meanwhile, deputy head of the provincial council, Abdul Wakil, told Pajhwok telecom services were activate in a limited areas of Pul-i-Alam city.

He said Taliban militants had ordered suspended nighttime telecom services as they believed Afghan and foreign forces used telecom services in finding their locations.

On the other hand, provincial Information and Technology Department director Abdul Rahman Nasiri said Taliban insurgents had forced telecom companies into switching off their antennas at night.

He shared the issue with telecom officials, but so far received no feedback in this regard.

Provincial police spokesman Mohammad Shapor Ahmadzai also confirmed the issue, but he did not share details. Telecom officials also refused to comment in this regard.

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

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