Cellular services partially suspended for Ashura

Pakistani security personnel patrol during the Shiite Muslim religious procession on the ninth day of holy Islamic month of Muharram in Karachi on September 20, 2018. - The Islamic month of Muharram marks the seven-century martyrdom of Prophet Mohammad's grandson Imam Hussein who was killed in battle in Karbala in Iraq 680 AD. (Photo by ASIF HASSAN / AFP)

LAHORE: Cellular services in major cities were partially suspended on Monday as a security measure for 9th and 10th Muharram.

Earlier on Sunday, the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) had announced that cellular services would remain suspended on the 9th and 10th of Muharram in specified areas of all the cities across the country.

While the Authority did not confirm exact timings, the mobile phone services, particularly in areas through which processions pass, remained suspended from morning till 6pm on Monday.

Processions are being taken out in different parts of the country to commemorate the sacrifices made on Muharram 9. Religious scholars shed light on the bright and candid teachings of Imam Hussain (AS) and his companions.

Keeping in view the sensitivity of the eve, the federal government, as well as the provincial governments, devised security plans to tackle the potential security threats.


The district administration decided to close off the route for the Muharram 9 mourning procession after Asr prayers.

Traders in Rawalpindi’s Raja Bazaar and nearby areas were told to close their markets, and the Taleemul Quran seminary has announced a two-day holiday for its students.


In Lahore, the major procession was take out from Pandu Street in Islampura.

The Punjab government set up control rooms in all areas and is monitoring majalis and processions to ensure security arrangements.

According to reports, as many as 33,356 majalis would be held and 8,674 processions would be taken out in the province during the holy month.


In Karachi, 263 processions were taken out to commemorate the sacrifices made on Muharram 9.

A security plan has been set by the Karachi traffic police to minimise the impact of roadblocks on the flow of traffic. An Alam procession was taken out from Markazi Imambargah in Liaquatabad at 9pm.


In Peshawar, the main procession of 9th Muharram was taken out from Imambargah Hussainia Hall, Peshawar Saddar.

The procession after passing through its traditional route terminated on its starting point in the evening.