The Supreme Court of Pakistan Tuesday ruled that the government can suspend cellular services under "special circumstances".

A hearing of the Ministry of Information and the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority's (PTA) petitions against mobile phone companies was held at the court today.

The apex court decided that the government can suspend cellular services under special circumstances and ordered the PTA and the IT ministry to come up with relevant SOPs and procedures to do so.

In April, the Supreme Court had set aside a 2018 order by the Islamabad High Court (IHC) in which it had ruled that the government could not suspend mobile phone services on the pretext of public safety.