Mobile phone service will be suspended in major cities in Sindh on 9th and 10th Muharram. Home Minister Sindh Sohail Anwar Khan Siyal has talked with Interior Minister to discuss this.
Now the federal government has approved the application of Home Minister to suspend mobile phone service in eight major cities of Sindh on Saturday and Sunday. PTA has been directed by the government to suspend services in Karachi, Hyderabad, Sukkur, Jacobabad, Mirpur Khas, Khairpur, Shikarpur, and Larkana. The timing for mobile service suspension is from 9 am to 9 pm. In more sensitive and critical areas service and internet will be suspended for 48 hrs.
Moreover, police have been directed in Sindh to be at alert and ensure there are no security lapses. As per the Muharram contingency plan police will be covering 1,520 Imambargahs, 12,700 Majalis, 4,150 mourning processions and 1,400 Tazia processions in Sindh. Electronic and visual surveillance and use of sniffer dogs for explosives detection and sweeping of routes and venues will be done by Bomb Disposal Unit to keep the city clear of any fishy activity.
The Shia community all around the world mourn because of the martyrdom of Hazrat Imam Hussain, the grandson of the Holy Prophet (peace be upon him) on these dates. They go out in huge numbers to remember the sacrifices of Hazrat Imam Hussain for Muslim community. The reason for such tight security and mobile phone suspension is that due to so much activity on these days, the country becomes vulnerable to any kind of attacks. To control the risk of an attack, mobile phones services are suspended in these days.