Indian Phones Catch Pak Signals, Raise Security Alarm

POONCH — In a major security concern for the armed forces, the residents of Poonch district are getting signals from Paki­stan based mobile companies on their mobile phones, reports said on Wednesday.

Reports said mobile phones used by the residents of Poonch district often get strong signals of Pakistan networks, raising a security concern.

Security sources said Pakistan has increased the mobile phone signal of various companies providing mobile services in Pakistan covering about 2 to 3 kilometres area on Indian side especially the areas of Poonch district closer to the LoC.

“One can easily find strong mobile signals of Pakistan based mobile phone service providers i.e. Zong, Jazz, Telenor PK etc in Poonch villages that include Dharati, Pangni, Sochala and Behroti that fall in block Balakot and in Mankote Ghani and Bal­noi Kashti,” they said.

The signals of these Pak based mobile companies in In­dian territory are so strong that in some areas especially in Bal­noi Kashti they automatically change the time zone setting of mobile handset from India to Pakistan once they detect it.

The presence of Pakistani mobile phone signals in Poonch is posing a serious threat to se­curity. An Army official said that they have time and again lodged complaints with the army authorities across the LOC and would bring it up again during next flag meeting with the Pakistan army.

“We will hold a flag meeting over the issue soon as it can’t be taken for-granted,” an army officer said wishing not to be named.

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