As part of its Digital Pakistan program, Pakistan is preparing to establish a single emergency helpline named ‘PEHEL-911′.
The Ministry of Information Technology, pursuant to the data, has completed the proposal to consolidate all emergency response numbers into the 911 hotline.
The National Telecommunication Corporation (NTC) and the Digital Pakistan program of the Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunication (IT&T) will start the new initiative in Islamabad first, with standby in Lahore.
Syed Aminul Haq, Minister of Information Technology and Telecommunications said that his ministry and the Ministry of Interior will jointly launch a project to provide unified and one-window access to call emergency services.
While we will offer technical assistance and build the backend infrastructure, the Interior Ministry will oversee its execution by establishing cooperation among various emergency response services at the federal and provincial levels.
There are now multiple call numbers for a range of emergency services, such as the fire department, police, health aid, disaster recovery, motorway police, and so on.
When the new initiative is implemented, residents will simply need to phone 911 to be sent to the appropriate government department.