Cell phones may go silent on 9th, 10th Muharram

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Interior Minister Rehman Malik has said that a final decision on suspension of cellular services and a ban on use of motorbikes on the occasion of Ashura would be taken after examining intelligence reports. Talking to reporters on Thursday after visiting those injured in the Rawalpindi imam bargah blast, Malik said the next three days were critical and law enforcement and intelligence agencies had been directed to prevent terrorist activities during Ashura. He hinted at the possibility of increased violence, saying intelligence reports had pointed out towards further dreadful incidents across the country during Muharram. Malik said Afghan nationals and banned outfit Lashkar-e-Jhangvi were involved in the current wave of terrorism in the country.

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