STAFF REPORT IBD: The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has directed the mobile companies to slash their night calling packages as these are proving to be a cause of social nuisance across the country.

PTA Chairman Farooq Awan is of the view that these packages were causing social degeneration; that is why we have announced to deprive the consumers of this facility, adding that this facility had been announced for better communication but majority of people started using it negatively and unscrupulously.

Cell phone service providers offer myriad night call packages which offer extremely low rates for calls during extended hours of the night. These mobile packages are hampering our youth, as they are wasting time on unnecessarily calls.

Farooq said that the package facility should be allowed to be used till 12 am. In this regard, all the mobile companies have been ordered to form a practicable formula for implementation on current orders.

Undoubtedly, these packages have become a source of pollution, which are detrimental to the future of youth, while there is a need for legislation to regulate usage of the new technology.

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