Pakistan Telecom Authority asked to suspend mobile phone services in Islamabad as security measure for OIC meeting | Indiablooms

Islamabad/IBNS: The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has been directed to suspend cellular services in certain areas of Islamabad city ahead of the   Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) conference from Dec 17 to 19, according to media reports.

Moreover, the capital administration on the recommendation of the Foreign Office may announce a local holiday on Monday (Dec 20), reports Dawn News.

The interior ministry has asked the PTA to suspend mobile phone service and it is likely that the service will be suspended around routes the delegates will be using and adjacent to areas where they will be staying, the newspaper reported.

The Red Zone will remain sealed as a security measure for the conference.

Officials of the local administration and police told Dawn News that the Red Zone will be sealed for foolproof security of visiting delegates from 62-member states of the OIC.

Well-equipped policemen along with personnel of paramilitary troops and army are being deployed to the entry points of the Red Zone, they added.