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[] auch Pakistan sperrt Internet in Grenznähe zu Indien,

... dazu auch internationale Telefongespräche. Da braut sich was
zusammen... RB
The Nation (Pakistan), 11.1.2002

Internet in border areas banned

By Munawar Hasan

LAHORE?Pakistan has banned internet access in certain areas including
border belt with neighbouring India as a security measure in the wake of
war  threats emanating from India, it is reliably learnt here on

As a result of unannounced ban on internet access, subscribers of
Internet Service Providers (ISPs) have not been able to connect the ISPs
through  telephone lines. ?Every time I try to connect to ISP, the
message ?the line is busy, please try again later? emerged,? said an
internet subscriber. 

?We lodged many a complaints with our respective ISPs but no sufficient
answers were being provided in order to resolve the problem,? said a
net  user. Due to the ban, internet cafes situated in the border area,
including Batapur, have been closed. Similarly, the use of prepaid
calling cards for  international dialing have also been banned in the
border areas. 

Pakistan?s long-standing differences with India escalated last month
after India blamed an attack on the Indian parliament by the Kashmiri
separatist  groups, allegedly backed by Pakistan. A military build-up
has been accompanied by travel bans and sanctions unilaterally imposed
by India.

Meanwhile, an official of a leading ISP told The Nation that many of its
customers were facing problems in connecting Universal Internet Number 
(UIN) from their located exchanges, to the exchange of the ISP. He said
that the telephone exchanges of Mominpura, Garden Town, Baghbanpura, 
Mustafa Town and Kahna Nau were the most affected areas where hundreds
of web-surfers are unable to use this facility. 

When contacted, highly placed officials of Pakistan Telecommunication
Company Ltd (PTCL) did not confirm or negate the development. They said:
?We are looking into the matter?.

It may be noted that India already shut down local Internet access in
the Kashmir and was policing Internet cafes in an effort to check 
The ban was instituted on December 18. The clampdown also extended to
intelligence agencies patrolling Internet cafes for Kashmiri Muslims 
communicating outside India. India has also imposed a ban on long
distance calls from Kashmir for an indefinite period.

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