The mobile phone services have partially been suspended in the provincial capital of Sindh—Karachi. The phone services suspension is in accordance with the safety procedures that are to be adapted as the Ashura days are getting closer.
The main Ashura procession in Karachi would be starting from Nishtar Park. The phone services are suspended on the routes closer to the Ashura procession.
The mobile phone services would remain partially unavailable in Karachi from the 8th to the 10th of Muharram on account of the security problems until midnight, as informed by the Sindh home secretary on Tuesday.
The official further said that the cellular services would not be completely suspended throughout the city, for the facilitation of the people.
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It was also informed by the home secretary that the services would be suspended in Shaheed Benazirabad, Shikarpur, Hyderabad, Jacobabad, Shikarpur and Larkana.
Pillion riding has also been barred on the days of Ashura starting from the 8th of Muharram until the 10th of Muharram.
Furthermore, the shops located in the areas of MA Jinnah Road and Saddar would remain closed for the next three days.
During the days of Muharram, the security is made tight and special measures are taken by the enforcement authorities to make sure that everything goes smoothly.
On the 9th and 10th of Muharram, the Shia community across the world mourns over the martyrdom of Hazrat Imam Hussain—the grandson of the Holy Prophet (PBUH). The community travels in large crowds to remember the sacrifices of Hazrat Imam Hussain for the Muslim community. To protect the crowd and to avoid any kind of chaotic situation mobile phone services are also suspended during these days at peak times and the security is put on high alert.