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ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Tuesday enabled the federal government to suspend mobile phone service on Pakistan Day and prior to the Pakistan Day parade along with other important occasions.

A two-member division bench of the IHC, comprising Justice Aamer Farooq and Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kayani, heard an appeal filed by the federal government and stayed the single-member bench judgment that declared the suspension of cellular services on important occasions in the name of national security illegal.

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Earlier, IHC Justice Athar Minallah decided a petition filed by cellular company CM Pak and others against the suspension of cellular services on important days and declared: “The federal government or the [Pakistan Telecommunication Authority] are, therefore, not vested with the power and jurisdiction to suspend or cause the suspension of mobile cellular services or operations on the ground of national security except as provided under Section 54 (3) of the Telecommunications Act of 1996.”

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