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Takhar activists to protest if telecom services not resumed

Takhar activists to protest if telecom services not resumed

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Aug 21, 2019 - 17:53

TALOQAN (Pajhwok): Civil societyinfo-icon activists and residents of northeastern Takhar province on Wednesday warned of launching huge protests if telecommunication services were not restored until tomorrow.

The activists said since a month telecom services had not been working from 6:00pm to 6:00am, rendering people unable to contact their relatives and thus facing serious problems.

He urged the Ministry of Telecommunications to pay attention to the issue.

Shafiq Poya, a civil society activist, told a protest gathering that they had decided to launch protests of security departments did not address their demand till tomorrow morning.

He said: “We have given a deadline until tomorrow. In case the authorities concerned did not address our issue, we would close the telecommunication department’s and governor’s house gates.”

Irfan Buzgar, a resident of the provincial capital, told Pajhwok if the issue was not addressed, then people will make their own decision in this regard.

A number of other residents expressed similar views.

Meanwhile, Ghafoor Talash, Takhar telecommunication department head, told Pajhwok that the issue had been shared with the Ministry of Telecomunications and Infornmation Technology and they were awaiting orders in this regard.

On the other hand, police spokesman Maj. Khalil Asir rejected the telecommunication firms faced any security threats and said they could operate 24 hours in the province.

However, Talibaninfo-icon spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid admitted they forced telecom companies into switching off their antennas at night in Takhar, Baghlan and Kunduz provinces.

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