KARACHI: Mobile phone services, which had been suspended in several cities of the country for security reasons on the occasion of Eid Miladun Nabi, were restored on Tuesday evening, Express News reported.
Services were restored in Karachi, Quetta and Rawalpindi as soon as the processions drew to a close.
Eid Miladun Nabi, which takes place on Rabiul Awal 12, marks the birth anniversary of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).
In Sindh, cellular services had been suspended in 13 districts of the province including Karachi, Hyderabad, Sukkur and Mirpurkhas.
In Karachi services were suspended till 10pm. Over 20,000 policemen and 8,000 Rangers personnel have been deployed in the city. More than 290 processions have been organised from three zones of the city, while over 390 congregations will be held.
There is a backup force of 5,000 policemen in place for the central procession of Rabiul Awwal 12 and congregation at Nishtar Park, IGP Sindh Shahid Nadeem Baloch had earlier stated.
Pillion riding has also been banned in Karachi.
Mobile services were suspended in several cities of Balochistan including Quetta. In some areas mobile services will be restored as soon as the processions are over, however, services were largely restored shortly after 7pm.
Balochistan home secretary Asad Gillani had told The Express Tribune that cellular services would be suspended from 7am to 7pm.
In K-P, phone services were suspended at midnight on January 13. No time has been specified for their restoration. Security was beefed up in major cities, with law enforcers patrolling and identifying potentially volatile areas. The interior ministry had directed for seamless coordination between federal security agencies and provincial authorities.
Mobile services have been suspended in various cities of K-P including Peshawar and Dera Ismail Khan.
In Peshawar, police chalked out a comprehensive security plan, under which over 5,000 policemen and security personnel have been deployed on procession routes. CCTV cameras and walkthrough gates were installed for people who want to join the processions. The district administration also imposed a ban on pillion riding.
Meanwhile, in Dera Ismail Khan, motorcycle riding has been banned altogether.
Pillion riding in Islamabad and Rawalpindi has also been banned. More than 6,000 personnel from the police and other law enforcement agencies have been deployed to provide security to Eid Miladun Nabi processions in the twin cities.