Mobile phone services have been suspended in Karachi, Hyderabad, Nawabshah, Larkana, Khairpur, Benazirabad, and Jacobabad on 8th Muharram and chances are that they will be suspended all over Pakistan on 9th and 10th Muharram. The cellular services are suspended as a security measure. Sindh Home Secretary Qazi Kabeer informed that the mobile services will be suspended in Karachi and other areas of the province due to security threats. Along the designated Ashura procession routes and areas and in sensitive cities there will be a suspension of phone services.
During the whole month of Muharram and especially on 9th and 10th Muharram the Shia community all around the world mourns because of the martyrdom of Hazrat Imam Hussain, the grandson of the Holy Prophet (peace be upon him). As people come out in huge numbers, roads are blocked, security is on high alert and commuters suffer.
Other than in Sindh, mobile phone service will also be suspended in Peshawar, Mardan, Nowshera, Abbottabad, Haripur, Mansehra, Kohat, Hangu, DI Khan, Banu, and Laki Marwat.