Internet issues in Pakistan could last 2-3 months, says PTA

On January 20, Pakistani internet users encountered yet another day of disruptions, compounding recent challenges in online connectivity. The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) attributed the blackout to ongoing system upgrades, emphasizing the technical necessity of the situation. However, the provided timeline of “2 to 3 months” raised concerns among the public.

Director General Ahmed Shamim Pirzada, alongside Caretaker Information Minister Murtaza Solangi and FIA Cybercrime Director of Operations Waqaruddin Syed, faced a skeptical audience during a press conference. The outage’s timing, coinciding with an announced online event by a specific political party, fueled suspicions of intentional disruption.

This skepticism was further fueled by a recognizable pattern of disruptions on December 17 and January 7, contributing to the perception of deliberate throttling. Minister Solangi reiterated the technical glitch explanation but acknowledged the potential for further interruptions.

Despite efforts to reassure the public, the tepid response did little to alleviate concerns, especially considering the suspiciously timed blackouts. The PTA’s reference to a “technical fault” after the January 20 disruption only heightened public skepticism.

Pakistan’s tech-savvy population expressed visible frustration at the perceived lack of transparency and the extended timeframe for resolving the issue. The incident has triggered widespread discussions about the necessity for reliable and transparent communication from regulatory authorities during such disruptions.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.