The Federal Government has decided not to suspend mobile phone services in Islamabad during the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Foreign Ministers Conference. The development came from Federal Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid, who said that the government is making strict security arrangements for the upcoming OIC meeting.
The Federal Minister of Interior Sheikh Rashid said that the Interior Ministry, Chief Commissioner, and police have decided not to suspend mobile phone services in Islamabad during the OIC meeting. Furthermore, the government is making security arrangements in coordination with the military and other institutions.
Moreover, the Deputy Commissioner (DC) Islamabad Muhammad Hamza Shafqaat has announced that Saturday and Monday will be public holidays in the city for all private and public schools and offices. “Hiking trails in Margalla will stay closed.” he added in his tweet. “Metro stations (Pakistan Secretariat to Shaheed-e- Milat Secretariat) will stay closed till Monday.
Coming Monday and Saturday will be local holiday in Islamabad for schools and private offices. Hiking trails in margalla will stay closed. Metro stations (Pak sect to Shaheed e milat sect) will stay closed till Monday.— Muhammed Hamza Shafqaat (@hamzashafqaat) December 17, 2021
It bears mentioning that authorities in Rawalpindi have also announced that educational institutes in the city will remain closed on account of the OIC meeting.
Read more: Educational Institutions in Rawalpindi to Remain Closed on 18 December.
It is pertinent to mention that earlier it was reported that mobile phone services in Islamabad will remain suspended for three days starting 17 December 2021 (Friday). However, the government has made strict security arrangements for the Foreign Minister attending the OIC and decided not to suspend cellular services in the country.
Read more: Islamabad announces Public Holiday on Saturday & Monday.
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