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Terror threat gone, Pak ends cellphone blackout

world Updated: Aug 21, 2012 01:39 IST

Mobile phone services, which were suspended in Pakistan ahead of Eid-ul-Fitr to thwart possible terror attacks on markets and congregations, were restored Monday after a 14-hour blackout.

Service providers, following orders of the interior ministry, had pulled the plug on the mobile phone networks in Karachi, Lahore, Multan and Quetta at 8 pm Sunday, Geo News reported.

Interior Minister Rehman Malik said mobiles phones were being used for blasts, and that was why services in Karachi were suspended as a precautionary measure. Xinhua said http://www.hindustantimes.com/Images/Popup/2012/8/21_08_12-metro14b.jpga high-level meeting took place Sunday, where it was decided to block the services to prevent possible attacks on congregations during Eid.

Officials were of the opinion that militants always use mobile phones to receive instructions. A mobile phone was found with militants involved in Thursday's attack on the Kamra airbase.

The decision to suspend cellular services was made following intelligence reports of possible terror attacks. “There have been instances of mobile phones being used as detonators in bomb strikes,” Malik said.