The federal government has decided to ban mobile services in Islamabad for three days beginning Friday (tomorrow) in response to the Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC) Council for Foreign Ministers meeting on Afghanistan.
Mobile services in Islamabad would stay halted from December 17 to 19, according to interior ministry sources, and the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has issued guidelines in this regard.
Additionally, sources familiar with the situation stated that the foreign ministry has proposed a December 20 public holiday in the federal capital to facilitate the safe movement and failsafe protection of dignitaries, foreign ministers, from a variety of Muslim and non-Muslim countries.
Pakistan will host the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) session in Islamabad on December 19, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi stated on December 4.
Shah Mahmood Qureshi announced today during a news conference that Pakistan will host the OIC Council of Foreign Ministers’ 17th emergency session on the Afghanistan crisis on December 19. He elaborated on the arrival of senior executives from OIC member countries in Pakistan on December 18.
After 41 years, the foreign minister stated, a session on the Afghan situation is being convened. He stated that if frozen assets are not freed to meet rising requirements, Afghanistan will face a severe financial catastrophe that will be devastating to the entire region and neighbouring countries.