Islamabad: Students from tribal districts, Gilgit-Baltistan and Balochistan protest against lack of internet

Pukhtun Nama Desk News

Students from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Balochistan and Gilgit-Baltistan protest in front of Islamabad Press Club demanded 3G and 4G internet facilities.

Farhatullah Babar, a former senator from the Pakistan People’s Party, also took part in the protest and told that the issue of lack of internet in the tribal areas was a matter of concern, but now because of the Corona epidemic the internet is being used for educational purposes so the people of these areas are deprived of the internet and they want internet facilities here. This issue should be raised in the parliament and discussed.

Farhatullah Babar says: “They don’t want these people to come out of the tribal area, and the sound of the tribal area or the pictures not to go out there, because if their voice goes out, the world will know what’s going on there.”

Nasirullah Khan Wazir, a member of the provincial assembly from North Waziristan, also joined the protest and told that they were trying to provide the facility as soon as possible and that they had spoken to Jazz (a mobile phone company) in this regards.

Participants in the protest, Irshad Safi of Mohmand tribal district in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, who is studying at Iqra University in Islamabad, told IANS that about 25,000 students from the former FATA are studying at various universities in Islamabad. He added that since the outbreak of the Corona epidemic, the students have returned to their home areas, but there are no internet facilities and they are deprived of education.

“There is no 3G and 4G network in our area, in all the tribal districts, so we demanded that we not take online classes,” said Safi. We want 3G and 4G internet in our areas

Pro-Internet protesters in the tribal areas say that while educational institutions have started offering education through the internet, students in the tribal areas are lagging behind due to lack of access to the internet.

Educational institutions in Pakistan have been shut down due to the corona virus epidemic and most universities offer online classes. The Pakistani government has said it will reopen educational institutions in September if the situation improves.