02 October, 2017
Ashura is one of the deeply revered events for Muslims across the world.
Moreover, the cellular services will also remain suspended in Karachi and other parts of the country on 10Muharram (tomorrow). In order to maintain security in various cities across the country, the Ministry of Interior has sent the recommendations for suspension of mobile phone service and pillion riding.
Sindh home minister Anwar Siyal said mobile phone services would be shut down totally in Karachi and some parts of the province on Saturday and Sunday from morning to night on the recommendation of paramilitary rangers and police.
Cellular service would remain suspended from 8am to 12am.
In order to keep law and order situation under complete control, the government also made a decision to ban pillion riding in sensitive cities of the country, including Karachi, Quetta and Peshawar, as part of Ashura security arrangements.
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Over 6,000 security personnel were deployed along the routes of the main procession in Karachi. In addition to the deployment of over 23 thousand Police officers, 26 snipers have also been posted at high rise buildings across the procession route.
Authorities on Saturday imposed strict restrictions in many areas across Srinagar to prevent a Muharram procession, police said.
As per details, M. A. Jinnah Road has been divided into 23 sub-sectors, while shops and all of the 287 entry points to M. A. Jinnah Road have been sealed.
The Divisional Commissioner, Baseer Ahmad Khan had said that it has been already made clear at various levels that all the traditional Muharram processions would be allowed as per the past practice for which requisite arrangements have already been made by the administration.