Mobile services to remain suspended in several areas on Thursday

Published: January 2, 2013
Karachi, Lahore, Quetta, Peshawar, Rawalpindi and Multan among other cities to face suspension from 8am to 10pm. PHOTO: ONLINE/FILE

Karachi, Lahore, Quetta, Peshawar, Rawalpindi and Multan among other cities to face suspension from 8am to 10pm. PHOTO: ONLINE/FILE

LAHORE: Mobile services will remain suspended in several areas of the country from 8am to 10pm on Thursday on account of Hazrat Imam Hussain’s (RA) Chehlum, reported Express News on Wednesday.

The areas where services will be suspended include Karachi, Lahore, Quetta, Peshawar, Rawalpindi, Multan, Sargodha, Bahawalpur, Hyderabad, DI Khan and Bannu.

In Punjab, 18 districts will face the service suspension, nine districts in Balochistan and six each in Sindh and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa.

Earlier during the day, the Lahore police had submitted an application to the Punjab government for suspending cellular services in the city.

The application called for suspending services in Lahore from 9am to 12am tomorrow (Thursday) in order to avert any acts of terrorism on the Chehlum of Hazrat Imam Hussain (RA).

Shias processions take place every year on the 40th day of Imam Hussain’s (RA) death and have previously been targeted by terrorists.

In November on Ashura, at least five people were killed and eleven sustained injuries in twin blasts that occurred in Karachi’s Orangi Town – both blasts targeted imambargahs.

On the same day, a bomb blast in Dera Ismail Khan killed at least five people and injured over a hundred during a procession.

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Reader Comments (13)

  • Disgusted
    Jan 2, 2013 - 4:00PM

    And these people think they are monotheist.

    Congratulations – what a waste of resources in a country that is a failed state.


  • PakSurzameen
    Jan 2, 2013 - 7:18PM

    @Disgusted: if you have doubts then contact the practising people instead of assuming things.


  • stingingnettle
    Jan 2, 2013 - 7:37PM

    Most intelligent people would have suggested strong intelligence based policing backup with clear plans of action and objectives. How about using police to protect people as opposed to protecting the battalions of VIPs who cannot break wind without first having a security cordon thrown around them.Recommend

  • FJ
    Jan 2, 2013 - 10:33PM

    If suspending mobile service for a while can save lives, then why not!!!


  • Neutrino
    Jan 2, 2013 - 10:45PM

    The point is: why processions every single day? Its ok to have them once a while but its happening daily. That puts more lives in danger.


  • khalid hussain
    Jan 2, 2013 - 10:55PM

    this is what taleban want.Recommend

  • Hasan
    Jan 3, 2013 - 12:00AM

    It is their right to hold religious processions. Govt should give them fool proof security.

    Why stopping religious procession, why not stop these Talibans and extremist elements


  • @ishiPTI
    Jan 3, 2013 - 1:17AM

    How do we do our work?? Govt has found everything available in Pakistan that tighten up & irritate the Nation.


  • Jan 3, 2013 - 1:29AM

    We all should see the other side of the story as well. We have to accept this that Pakistan is under serious threats and specially on such a day. When huge number go social gathering is expected. We can give this doubt to them. Because if some thing goes wrong we will blame them and when they have taken a step for a security measure, we are scratching them. so its us who are not happy! And we should think again on this


  • ahmed
    Jan 3, 2013 - 2:34AM

    actually we deserve this


  • sehr.siddiqui
    Jan 3, 2013 - 3:33AM

    Thank you Zia-ul-Haq for creating this mess just to perpetuate your regime.


  • atish
    Jan 3, 2013 - 7:01AM

    I think more people’s life will be comparmised due to this step. May God keep every one safe;there could be if not thousands hundreds of medical emergencies calls and the cellular serive is down in most populated areas of the country. We should keep that in mind as we are moving back to stone age.


  • Sarmad
    Jan 3, 2013 - 11:23AM

    Throw the sick person out of the house … that is the best cure for ailment our government has been able to come up with ….?? suspend mobile services , ban motor bikes , may be some day they will say you are not allowed to go out of your homes due to security reasons … have we failed as a state ??


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