Restrictions in Srinagar to prevent Muharram processions

Earlier this week, provincial home minister Sohail Anwar Khan Siyal had asked the federal interior ministry to suspend mobile phone services in major cities of the province on 9 and 10 Muharram.

Cellular services, which remained suspended in different cities during the last three days, were restored.

Internet services were partially operational in Karachi and other parts of Sindh.

A senior police official said Karachi remains the most sensitive part of Pakistan as far as terrorist attacks on Muharram processions are concerned. M. A. Jinnah Road has been divided into 23 sub-sectors, whereas all 287 entry points to M. A. Jinnah Road, including the shops on the route have been sealed.

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Though police said the restrictions have been imposed to prevent any law and order problem in the summer capital, official source said it was to prevent "Tazia Processions" from Guru Bazar in the old city to Imam Bara Dalgate via civil lines on the 8th day of Muharram.

The main Ashura procession in Karachi began from Nishtar Park with a Majlis (address) by Allama Shahenshah Hussain Naqvi.

Islamabad/Rawalpindi: The administration of Metro bus service decided on Saturday to keep the service suspended in Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Multan and Lahore due to stringent security arrangements adopted to safeguard Muharram processions.

In addition to the suspension of mobile phone service there shall remain a ban on pillion riding for the 9th and 10th of Muharram, which fall on Saturday and Sunday, respectively.


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