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GB Students Demanding Better Internet Accused Of ‘Supporting Anti-State Sentiments’

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Special Communications Organisation (SCO), the cellular service provider in Gilgit Baltistan, has accused the students demanding better internet service of “supporting anti-state sentiments” in a tweet that was deleted later.

“Those who are trying to divide people on the basis of area or cultural differences are trying to create chaos among innocent people and are supporting anti-state sentiments. It is worth noting that SCO has lost 72 precious lives for provision of telecom services,” the mobile operator company said on Monday. However, the administration of SCO deleted the tweet later after receiving backlash on social media.

The students residing in under-privileged areas of Pakistan, including Gilgit Baltistan, Azad Jammu & Kashmir, erstwhile FATA, and Balochistan, have been protesting against the lack of internet facilities since the start of online classes across the country.

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Even today, there is zero internet connectivity in some parts of Balochistan, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (especially the former FATA) and GB. Recently, Pakistani social media was abuzz with images of students in such regions sitting in all sorts of settings in a desperate attempt to catch signals: from rocky fields to hilltops. 

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