In order to ensure security on the 9th and 10th of Muharram, cellular service will remain suspended in three cities of Sindh. However, Punjab and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) have yet to announce their decision regarding a possible suspension.
Cellular Service to be Partially Suspended for Ashura
According to the schedule issued by the Sindh Home Department on Sunday, the cell phone service will remain suspended in Karachi on Muharram 9 and 10 (today and tomorrow) from 6am to 10pm and in Sukkur from 11am to 10pm. The service will remain suspended in Hyderabad on Muharram 10 from 6am to 10pm.
- Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) Home and Tribal Affairs Department has yet to receive a reply from the interior ministry on whether or not to suspend cellular networks on the Ashura.
- According to Provincial Crisis Management Centre officials, they will wait for the interior ministry’s response before it takes any decision on the matter.
- Meanwhile, spokesperson for Punjab’s Inspector General Police said the Punjab government has not yet taken any decision regarding suspension of mobile services, adding that a request for suspension was initiated by districts.
It has been said that cell phone service will be suspended only in limited areas, however, that if needed they might also request for a complete suspension.