Muharram: Cellular services may be suspended starting tonight

Published: November 22, 2012
Sindh government announces three-day public holiday on 8, 9 and 10 of Muharram. PHOTO: PID / FILE

Sindh government announces three-day public holiday on 8, 9 and 10 of Muharram. PHOTO: PID / FILE

Sindh government announces three-day public holiday on 8, 9 and 10 of Muharram. PHOTO: PID / FILE Sindh government announces three-day public holiday on 8, 9 and 10 of Muharram. PHOTO: APP/ FILE

KARACHI: Interior Minister Rehman Malik said Thursday that a strategy was being devised for suspending cellular services starting tonight, Express News reported.

He was speaking to media outside the Rawalpindi District Headquarters Hospital were he had come to see injured law enforcement officials.

The Government of Sindh has also announced a three-day public holiday on 8, 9 and 10 of Muharram.

All educational and government institutions in Sindh will remain closed on all three days.

The government has repeatedly made claims of heightening security in order to prevent untoward incidents during the holy month, along with suspending cellular services and banning pillion riding.

The Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), in contradiction with its earlier statements, has said that the army has accepted the Sindh government’s request of providing security in the province.

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Reader Comments (22)

  • Mohammad Ali Siddiqui
    Nov 22, 2012 - 5:00PM

    Thank you Government of Sindh.

    There may be a lot of people who may stay at home due to security reasons.Recommend

  • Khan
    Nov 22, 2012 - 5:12PM

    Good for us but what about federal govt announcement as most of the banks and private sectors came under the SBP and federal govt.


  • H
    Nov 22, 2012 - 5:15PM

    shouldnt all offices be closed?


  • Nawaz
    Nov 22, 2012 - 5:18PM

    This is so sad. The only holiday should have been on the 10th of Muharram. Let the people in this country work.I’m disgusted by the government for destroying this country.


  • anon
    Nov 22, 2012 - 5:34PM

    Thanks for not being able to eradicate the root problem and instead create confusion and hurdles for the common man


  • UHS
    Nov 22, 2012 - 5:34PM

    Once there was a village with people living happily. Then a lion came and started to eat people one by one. Then one man (who claimed to be their security provider) stood and ask the people to prepare a large cage.
    After a period of many days and hard work, people were able to prepare the cage. They were so happy that now the security man will tell them how to catch and lion and put it in cage.
    But instead he asked the people to get in the cage.
    Till this day, people are still in cage and the lion is roaming free in village.


  • Salman Rajan
    Nov 22, 2012 - 5:39PM

    That’s just not enough Mr. Malik, Please ask army and rangers to launch an operations against crows and Kabootars as they may be used to transmit messages by ‘3rd Party terrorist;.


  • Thor
    Nov 22, 2012 - 6:04PM

    ET u were so excited that u forget to hyperlink


  • Pessimist
    Nov 22, 2012 - 6:11PM

    Malik’s statements are as ridiculous as the cap on his head.


  • Tahir Zain
    Nov 22, 2012 - 6:26PM

    If it would lead to a decrease in attacks. Then Malik sahib deserves all the support we can get.. So far I have read nothing but criticism for what ever he does.

    Incidentally the high court has stated that they may allow the government to ban motorcycles for a limited period. if there is a credible threat to the peope. Sadly it tool multiple attacks and precious lives lost to convince the high court that there is a ‘credible’ threat.


  • Muslim
    Nov 22, 2012 - 6:38PM

    idiotic approach


  • joy
    Nov 22, 2012 - 6:40PM

    now i know why his India visit was deferred………….he was about to suggest banning the Delhi Metro service:)


  • Jibran
    Nov 22, 2012 - 7:09PM

    Rehman Malik is right. But, some hate mongers are always going to criticize no matter what. Police and law enforcement agencies are putting their lives at stake for protecting people. Odds are stacked against them with the patronage of the terrorists by the military establishment, their sympathizers in the judiciary, media and public, open breeding grounds in central and southern Punjab with a friendly law minister, and training centers in the safe heavens of North Waziristan. They operate with impunity, if caught, judges fail to find anything wrong with their acts of terror.


  • indian
    Nov 22, 2012 - 7:09PM

    @joy: dat isn’t funny…………who would let him ban anything here…………foolish u r


  • A
    Nov 22, 2012 - 7:15PM

    Rehman malik is making people used to !


  • Qasim
    Nov 22, 2012 - 7:41PM

    Right. And Rehman Malik saves the day ..BS


  • Shamy
    Nov 22, 2012 - 7:49PM

    I dont think he understands the basic formula that billions are lost in the economy when you dont work 1 day.


  • Musheer
    Nov 22, 2012 - 7:59PM

    Good one & absolutely correct.


  • iPhone
    Nov 22, 2012 - 9:17PM

    I like his hat. He may be incompetent as the interior minister but one must admit he is getting some style now.


  • syed
    Nov 23, 2012 - 1:26AM

    Pakistan is the only country where the situation is like this. Stop funding from saud and gulf countries and brainwashing and terrorism will stop.


  • syed
    Nov 23, 2012 - 1:59AM

    @hairaan. Why was Imam Hussain a.s. martyred by yazeed laeen? Was he disrespecting companions? Lunatics dont need a reason to be evil. Its in their nature. Dont find excuses for them . This mentality is why we r in such a mess


  • aazam
    Nov 23, 2012 - 3:49PM

    to band motor bikes and cellular service its not the solution corruption should be band not any thing else


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