January 4, 2013
Pakistanis question government's ban on cell phones
Pakistan's government likes to ban things. On several occasions this year, the government has banned the use of cell phones, social media and even motorbikes entirely. PRI reports.
In a place where millions use small motorbikes for transportation, the country banned carrying passengers, riding without a muffler and popping wheelies.
But those were just one-night prohibitions. The Pakistani government has implemented a host of bans recently, many in the name of national security.
Especially egregious, say critics, has been the occasional ban on cell phone use, which they’ve done several times over the past year.
The first time the government imposed a cell phone ban was in March. It happened again in August.
Rehman Malik, Pakistan’s interior minister, was matter-of-fact about it when he was announcing the seventh cell phone ban of the year in November.
Malik justified the ban by saying cell phones are an intricate part of terrorist attacks.
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