8th Muharram: Live social media updates

Published: November 23, 2012
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A Pakistani policeman looks through binoculars during a Shiite Muslim religious procession in Karachi on November 23, 2012. PHOTO: AFP

A Pakistani policeman looks through binoculars during a Shiite Muslim religious procession in Karachi on November 23, 2012. PHOTO: AFP

A Pakistani policeman looks through binoculars during a Shiite Muslim religious procession in Karachi on November 23, 2012. PHOTO: AFP FC personnel standing alert outside an imambargah in Quetta during Majlis-e-Aza. PHOTO: INP Busy highway not so busy today - photo of Shahrah-e-Faisal, Karachi. PHOTO: Arsalan M. Khan on Instagram

As Pakistan enters day one of high security in the lead-up to 10th Muharram, The Express Tribune Web Desk brings the latest updates shared by citizens on social media.

This page will maintain a log of top tweets, Facebook shares and photos from Instagram. It will be updated every 20-30 minutes.

To be part of the report, you can share information or photographs with the Web Desk by email or messaging us on Facebook or Twitter.

 

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5:00pm

Latest updates on Twitter

‏@Rida_Umar A friend apologizing coz she doubts if she would be back from Majlis. This is sad. #ShiaGenocide #Muharram

faizanlakhani Mobile phones will remain suspended in 48 cities including #Karachi & #Lahore on 9th and 10th Muharram. V Phone will also blocked.#Pakistan

rafiazakaria Is cellphone banned #karachi #postmodern or just medieval. Reading #Foucault in #Karachi http://t.co/m1R7TeSF

 

AFP photo shows special police force members guarding a Muharram procession in Karachi

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4:30pm

Across Pakistan

bolobhi How many times has the Government suspended cellular services this year & what were the reasons given? http://t.co/NcvHZeOY

anjumkiani  #PakistanSafety 3 : Ensure u urself dont create security alerts by leaving baggage on busses or other locations.

Karachi

@SanaMullick ppl going to def from seaview should avoid mujahid and go frm bahria instead, the road hitting shaheen/khada mkt is blocked ahead #karachi

 

AFP photo shows Shia mourners marching during a procession in Karachi.

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4:00pm

Latest updates on Twitter

anjumkiani Mobile phone services being shut down in Punjab on a area to area and sector 2 sector bases. Thats better than RM total shut down! #Pakistan

anjumkiani  #Pakistan Safety 1 : Report any suspicious activity in your neighbourhoods to the police, take descriptions of the Suspects.

mansoorgeonews Next time when you hold your cellphone, think of it as an AK-47 – Dangerous to use and gets blocked by the government #Pakistan

 

Wajeeha Zaidi shares a photo of a motorcycle crossing the Babul Ilm Imam Bargah, Karachi on Instagram.

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3:30pm 

Karachi

radiopakistan 5500 policemen will guard main Ashura procession in #Karachi while 20 thousand policemen will be on duty in the city http://t.co/6a6BnThY

Islamabad

dj_bubble Mobile service will remain closed in Raja Bazar, Chittiyan Hattiyan, Dhoke Sayedan, Khayban, G-9 and G-6 areas of #Rawalpindi & #Islamabad.

Across Pakistan

mustafa_qadri  When are we going to have zero tolerance for intolerance? Block hate speech and you won’t have to block mobile signals. #Karachi #Quetta

 

Sara Khan shares a mobile phone screenshot on Instagram.

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3:00pm

Karachi

ansarburney Pakistan Army on standby at Karachi and other areas of Sindh Province.

anthonypermal Bomb disposal numbers to keep in mind during GSM blackout in #Pakistan: #Karachi – 32416626 (I don’t have it for the other cities).

Islamabad

ajimran In Islamabad the mobile phone ban seems to be for certain neighbourhoods. Unclear which ones. Timings seem to be from 3 until 6.

Across Pakistan

fbhutto Things banned/to be banned in Pakistan: cell networks, youtube (and 20,000 other sites), riding on motorcycles – only for a few days…

karachi_post An Islamic country where in order to protect muslims from each other govt has to suspend cell phone services.transportation etc #Pakistan

khalidkhan787 Thermos bomb defused in Peshawar, Main Saddar Bazar, Pakistan, moments ago

AFP photo shows a cellular user getting no answer after services were suspended in parts of Pakistan

No-Service-AFP

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2:30pm

Islamabad updates

shirazhassan Terror is in the air. One can really feel HIGH ALERT situation in #Islamabad.

radiopakistan Mobile phone service will also remain suspended in G-9 sector of #Islamabad from 3 to 6pm this afternoon http://t.co/Z3ccM6tR

declanwalsh Dusting off landline “@Rezhasan@declanwalsh Mobiles also likely to go down in Rawalpindi/Islamabad from 3 pm.”

Lahore updates

aadii_ Emergency numbers during Mobile Ban/ Jam: Ambulance “115”, Fire “16”, Police “15”

Karachi updates

desmukh Banned in Karachi today: Mobile phones, youtube, trash cans, education. Did I miss anything?

mirza9 “garbage cans would be removed from #Karachi in light of terror threats.” Just what Karachi needed. Awesome

ansarburney No more service of Mobile Phones in Karachi

All roads leading to the mausoleum of Abdullah Shah Ghazi, blocked for traffic, photo shared via @SaimaMohsin #Karachi

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2:10pm

yusrasaskari Dear #Pakistan , Please try to keep it together this weekend.

usamakhilji  I salute all the Shia Muslims that continue to live with courage in such a fascist environment against them in Pakistan.

sarahdawood I don’t mind our phones being dead. As long as our people stay alive. #Pakistan

omar_quraishi Twitter is the new mobile phone – in Pakistan at least

akchishti Pakistan’s Counter Terrorism Strategy: ban it: to delay it – #jokers

Abdul Rehman shares a photo of an empty I.I. Chundrigar Road via Instagram

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Reader Comments (15)

  • Aalia
    Nov 23, 2012 - 2:59PM

    Has twitter and gmail been blocked? Neither will load on my computer??

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  • M. Ahmed
    Nov 23, 2012 - 3:33PM

    The unpalatable truth is that if the unity and strength of the Muslim Ummah is today in a shambles it’s mainly the doing of its religious leaders.Recommend

  • Hairaan
    Nov 23, 2012 - 4:59PM

    Who deserted these streets?

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  • Hairaan
    Nov 23, 2012 - 5:01PM

    Why 15 people are allowed to disrupt life of 85 people?

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  • Hairaan
    Nov 23, 2012 - 5:06PM

    We respect personal believes of people. But then they should carry out demonstrations of their personal believes on their personal premises. Not on public places.

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  • kashif
    Nov 23, 2012 - 5:17PM

    The message of Hussain (AS) will never be suppressed, no matter how hard they try.

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  • Syed A. Mateen
    Nov 23, 2012 - 5:58PM

    May the 8th, 9th and 10th day of Moharram pass peacefully. Ameen.

    For me, peace is primary and every thing is secondary.

    If peace will prevail in the country, Pakistan will move forward which will be a collective benefit for Pakistan as well as for all Pakistanis.

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  • Hairaan
    Nov 23, 2012 - 6:39PM

    @kashif:
    I am sure Hazrat Hussain (RA) would have never liked the idea of taking the whole country hostage for commemorating his martyrdom.

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  • Andamentalist
    Nov 23, 2012 - 7:31PM

    @Hairaan:
    Yeah he taught the men to live free. Thats the reason the government and extremist wishes to hostage the city in name of Hussain. The reason of processions was to make sure the aim of Hussain is known by all. And in the past, even the shops used to be open on the way.

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  • Kanwal
    Nov 23, 2012 - 7:32PM

    @Hairaan
    You country is under seige and attack. if a part of your nation is daring this seige mentality, salute it. and i am sure shias have every right to take out their processions allowed under this country’ constitution. how much part of your country is at standtill? its a public holiday and also, if there was no terrorism threat, these procession could give immense boot to many many businesses all over pakistan. But that would mean peace and prosperity for common man and thats not what your ruling elite can bear.

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  • Andamentalist
    Nov 23, 2012 - 7:33PM

    @Hairaan:
    And as per your view 85% dont believe in Prophet? What I heard from Shia people is that they commemorate because the Prophet said Hussain is from me and I am from Hussain. Remembering Hussain and the sacrifice is same as remembering Prophet.

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  • Hairaan
    Nov 23, 2012 - 9:03PM

    @Andamentalist:
    But do you really need go go out on roads and halt the whole city to remember the Prophet? How do you remember the prophet in the rest of the 11 months? I am sure you can do it in your homes, mosques etc.

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  • Hairaan
    Nov 23, 2012 - 9:20PM

    Islamic history is full of sacrifices and martyrdom of pious companions starting from Hazrat Sumayiah (RA) back in Mecca till the great martyrdom of Hazrat Hussain (RA). Most of them in the battles. Now just imagine if we were to commemorate each one of them this way then there would be no day in the year free from processions and closures. And believe me this is not what Islam requires to commemorate their sacrifices. The best way is to adopt their way of life and to implement their teachings in to your daily life. Not just for a few days in a year.

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  • Ihk
    Nov 23, 2012 - 11:57PM

    @Hairaan: People like you also question why Hussain (a.s.) had to bring out his entire family to eventually get martyred. He could have easily sat back at home and let Yazeed create havoc out of Prophet’s religion.
    This ‘azadari’, this jaloos is a salute Imam Hussain’s sacrifice. If you think that has no significance, so be it. Till the end of this world, azadaari will not stop or end. Bring it on, Yazeeds of the world!

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  • Syed
    Nov 24, 2012 - 2:54AM

    @Hairan. Just don’t be hairaan and shocked on the day of judgement.

    Salaam Ya Hussain (a.s.)

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