ISLAMABAD: As a security measure against probable terrorist attacks on mourners’ processions/gatherings/meetings during the observance of Ashura , the cellular networks have been switched off in the select sensitive cities of Pakistan.
In most of the cities, the services would remain suspended from 06:00 AM till 10:00 PM on November 3 and 4 (9th and 10th Muharram-ul-Haram).
Sindh Home Department has said that there will be no cellular coverage in Karachi and Sukkur on both November 3, and 4 while Hyderabad will see a mobile blackout only on November 4.
In restive Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, Dera Ismail Khan, Kohat, Hangu, Lakki Marwat, Bannu and parts of Peshawar will not have mobile connectivity on both the eve and the day of Ashur.
The services would also be blocked on and around the routes of Muharram processions in some cities.
According to sources privy to the matters, the districts that face the greatest security threats are Chakwal, Faisalabad, Gujranwala, Jhang, Narowal, Dera Ghazi Khan, Bahawalpur, Rawalpindi, Layyah, Rahim Yar Khan, Sargodha, Bhakkar, Gujranwala, Lahore, and Multan –as per intelligence reports.