KARACHI: Cellular services were suspended by Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) in Karachi on Friday from 11am-6pm in light of terrorism threats, Express News reported.
According to an intelligence report, a major act of terrorism was suspected in Karachi, which was expected to be carried out through a cell phone.
Network operators were informed at 9am of the suspension.
Later during the day, Interior Minister Rehman Malik chaired a meeting to review the security situation in the country. During the meeting, Malik said that no target killing took place in Karachi on Friday due to the mobile service suspension.
He said that those who want to disturb the peace in Karachi cannot succeed in their nefarious designs.
Suspending cellular services in light of terrorism threats on important days like Eid and Ashura has become a norm, however service suspension on such days comes with prior notice.
Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated the day of the ban as Tuesday instead of Friday. The error is regretted.