PTCL has published a warning notice to public in all leading print newspapers, pointing that those responsible for damaging its infrastructure including; road builders, private and government construction firms, real estate developers, municipal, real estate developers, and independent individuals will be punished for the destruction.
In its public announcement, PTCL stated that the development activities carried out by private and government construction companies damage the cable cuts, both fiber and copper media, which results in the disruption of services across the country. The deterioration of services leads to the loss of business for the company.
PTCL further said that owing to the infrastructure damage, the services of its customers are disrupted which leads to the misconception that the company is at fault. This is why, losing its consumers base, has led to the decision of PTCL taking a legal action against all those who intentionally or accidentally damage its services.
The punishments will be penalized under the following acts;
- According to Telegraph Act 1885, any intention to damage PTCL’s infrastructure can lead to the fine to cover that damage alongside a sentence of up to three years.
- According to Pakistan Telecommunication Act (1996), any effort to damage telecom infrastructure can lead to a fine of up to Rs. 10 million with a jail term of up to three years.
- According to Electronic Transactions Ordinance (2002), any individual responsible for the damage to telecom infrastructure can be fined up to Rs. 10 million with a sentence of up to seven years.
Thus, it seems that PTCL is quite serious in taking an action against those who are involved in disrupting its services and name across the country.