Stringent security arrangements ensured for 9th Muharram processions

Mobile Phone Service Blocked Partially In Cities Across Pakistan On Muharram 8,9,10

In a surprising precautionary move, the authorities on Friday suspended mobile phone service in Karachi and other major cities in Sindh for some 12 hours on Friday, with the phones going silent before the start of the 8th Muharram processions and becoming active again after their completion.

Cellular services, which remained suspended in different cities during the last three days, were restored. In order to maintain security in various cities across the country, the Ministry of Interior has sent the recommendations for suspension of mobile phone service and pillion riding.

The provincial governments had requested the authorities concerned to suspend the mobile phone services in the areas declared as sensitive.

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Internet services were also observed to have been disrupted in some areas of Karachi.

In view of Muharram processions, Karachi traffic police has announced alternate routes and traffic arrangements for Saturday and Sunday.

In Islamabad, the main procession of 9th Muharram is being taken out from Imambargah G-6/2 and it will terminate at the same place after passing through the traditional routes.

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Additional security forces and state police personnel have been deployed in these areas to prevent assembly of mourners.

In order to keep law and order situation under complete control, the government also chose to ban pillion riding in sensitive cities of the country, including Karachi, Quetta and Peshawar, as part of Ashura security arrangements.

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