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Mobile services to be suspended on Muharram 9, 10

The government has decided to suspend mobile service in at least 68 districts across Pakistan on Muharram 9 and 10.

Sindh government requested to the federal government to suspend mobile phone services. Out of those 68 districts, 8 in Sindh, 34 are of Punjab, 3 in Balochistan, 15 in KP, 7 of Azad Kashmir and 1 in Gilgit Baltistan .

Over the concerns of high security risks and sectarian clashes, the government has been implementing this suspension for many years to ensure security measures.

Earlier on Youm -i- Ali in July this year, the Sindh government suspended mobile phone services in Karachi as a security measure.

The government decided to suspend mobile phone services from 4 pm to 9 pm. Mobile phone services were suspended from 9 am to 9 pm in big cities of Sindh, including Hyderabad, Karachi and Sukkur.

Government also implemented a ban on double-riding in these cities for two days for ensuring the security of Youm-i-Ali processions.

The officials reported: The ban shall not be applicable to women, children below the age of 12, senior citizens, journalists, personnel of law enforcing agencies and security agencies in uniform and employees of the essential services.

Several roads were closed for all kinds of traffic for two days and traffic police issued a proper traffic plan to assure the safety of the grievers. bikers were advised to use other routes and a ban on parking of any vehicle along the route and near Imambargahs was also issued.

Last year in Muharram, 12 helicopters from the wing of the interior ministry were also on high alert for assistance of any untoward incident.

According to security authorities, “The contingents of Pakistan Army would be deployed at sensitive areas of the city.”

However, Inter-Service Public Relations (ISPR) didn’t reveal those regions.

Earlier, in October last year, Sindh government approved a request of the police calling for the suspension of mobile phone services in Karachi as Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari prepares to address a rally at a ground close to the mausoleum of Quaid-i-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah in the provincial capital.

The provincial police requested the suspension of mobile phone services in other parts of Sindh as well. However, no approval has come from the provincial government in that regard.

The police had made the request in the light of public meeting in Karachi and requested the government to also order the suspension of cell phone services in other parts of Sindh in order to prevent untoward incidents from occurring.