Cellular Towers & Health Concerns: Peshawar Residents Appeal to Court


A resident of Peshawar Muhammad Naeem citing health concerns has appealed to the High Court to shift all cellular towers from the residential areas to non residential areas. The resident filed the petition at the Peshawar High Court (PHC) through his lawyer Noor Alam Khan, contending that the antennas and other communication equipment installed on high towers now dot the skyline of cities and villages and flood the air with high-frequency radio waves.

The petitioner states that these waves affect every biological organism within a square Kilometer and that the phone towers’ microwaves have an even higher frequency than radio waves. According to him the high frequencies can cause variety of health problems including cardiovascular stress, memory loss, birth defects, cancer, miscarriages, brain tumors etc.

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In his petition, he has also stated that it has been found that the output of most fruits bearing trees have reduced drastically from 100 per cent to just five per cent 2.5 years after cell towers were installed near orchards.

Furthermore, the court is urged by the petitioner to direct the government to implement zoning laws made for environment protection and ensure the measures taken under international laws, guidelines and policies for the protection from radiations from the base transceiver stations and microwaves antennas, directions to prevent the installation of towers in residential and market areas.