Thursday, March 19, 2009

Reinstatement of deposed judges: 500 million messages sent via mobile phones

Pin It Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) report revealed that around 500 million text messages were sent through mobile phones countrywide on Monday after Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani announced the reinstatement of all the deposed judges, including Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry.Sources said that soon after the address of the prime minister, people started sending text messages to their friends and family members and calling each other to give them the latest news. As many as 400 million messages were sent on July 20, 2007, when Justice Iftikhar was reinstated for the first time.According to the PTA Annual Report, 2007, mobile service providers had claimed that a record number of SMS were sent during the first five days after an emergency rule was declared in Pakistan. In the absence of independent news channels, text messaging emerged as an instantaneous way for the people to update one another on developments such as protest rallies and the numerable arrests of lawyers, journalists and activists. The sources said networks of all the mobile service providers remained busy, as a large number of people started using their mobile phones to give the news to one another.

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