Mobile phone and internet services have partially been suspended and pillion riding banned in parts of the country as strict security measures are in place on the occasion of Chehlum of Hazrat Imam Hussain (RA).
To remember the sacrifice of Imam Hussain (RA) and his companions, processions are being taken out in cities and towns across the country while congregations are also being held.
In Punjab, mobile and internet services have been suspended in Lahore, Nankana, Gujranwala, Sialkot, Gujrat, Narowal, Rawalpindi, Attock, Jhelum, Sargodha, Khushab, Toba Tek Singh, Multan, Sahiwal, Okara, Pakpattan and Rahim Yar Khan.
Services are operational in Islamabad. As many as 14,000 policemen are to be deployed while 10 companies of Pakistan Army and four companies of Rangers are also to be deployed in the capital.
The main procession would be taken out from Colonel Maqbool Imambargah, which culminated at the Imambargah Qadeemi after passing through its designated route.
Stringent security arrangements have been made in the Sindh province. In Karachi, the main procession is being brought out from Nishter Park.
Mobile phone and internet services will be suspended in Karachi, Hyderabad, Sukkur, Khairpur, Jacobabad and Shikarpur.
In Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), the districts of Nowshera, Kohat, Bannu, Lakki Marwat, Dera Ismail Khan and Abbottabad are devoid of the services.
The services have also been suspended in Quetta, and various parts of AJK such as Muzaffarabad, Bagh, Mirpur, Kotli and Haveli.