Mobile phone services will remain suspended in different cities across the country on the 9th and 10th Muharram, while the Interior Ministry has issued necessary instructions to the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) regarding the closure of mobile services.
Like other cities of the country, mobile phone service will be partially closed in the federal capital Islamabad during 9th and 10th of Muharram.
The District Administration of Islamabad has issued a schedule to shut down mobile services at different times during Muharram.
Mobile services will remain suspended from 1 am to 10 pm on 9th Muharram in Sector G-6 and 7 of Islamabad, while in Sector I-10 and Malaqa areas from 6 pm to 6 am on 9th Muharram.
In rural Area Shahullah Dutta and surrounding areas of Islamabad, the service will be closed from 2 pm to 5 pm on 11 Muharram, while in Bari Imam Noorpur Shah area, mobile service will be closed from 12 pm to 7 pm on 11 Muharram.
The Ministry of Home Affairs has issued a notification to halt the mobile phone service.
Mobile phone service has been suspended in some areas of Karachi for several days, which will remain closed till 10 Muharram. Mobile phone services will remain suspended in specific areas during Muharram processions in the city on 9th and 10th Muharram.
Mobile services will remain suspended in 14 districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on 9th and 10th Muharram.
These districts include Peshawar, Abbottabad, Mansehra, Haripur, Kohat City, Hangu, Kurram, Orakzai, Bannu City, Lucky Marwat, DI Khan and Tank.
In Punjab, 13 districts have been declared sensitive and mobile phone services will remain closed here on 9th and 10th Muharram.
These cities include Lahore, Rawalpindi, Gujranwala, Gujrat, Jhang, Bhakkar, Layyah, Multan, Sahiwal, Chakwal, Rajanpur, Bahawalpur and Rahim Yar Khan.
In many cities including Karachi, Islamabad, Lahore, coverage of processions with drone cameras has been banned.
On Thursday, Caretaker Punjab Chief Minister Mohsin Naqvi visited different areas of Lahore to review the security arrangements for 9th and 10th Muharram.
IG Punjab and CPO briefed Mohsin Naqvi on the security arrangements for The Day of Ashura.
The CCPO said that 15,000 personnel have been deployed on the procession of 9th and 10th Muharram, pilgrims will be allowed to enter the procession after checking at five places.
The caretaker chief minister was further informed that two meals would be provided to the staff and 900 security cameras would be installed at the route of the procession.