Mobile phone services have been suspended in Islamabad and other major cities of today Punjab 9th and 10th Muharram. As per details, the mobile and internet services have been suspended in Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Lahore and Gujranwala owing to security concerns as the protests being held across the country against the acquittal of Asia Bibi.
Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry had already announced that Mobile phone services will remain suspended in Islamabad and other major cities of today Punjab and Sindh.
Mobile and internet service will remain suspended in Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Lahore and Gujranwala and Karachi Nawabshah, Faisalabad.
The cellular service would remain suspended in Sector I-10, Khayaban-e-Sirsyed (Rawalpindi) during the night falling between 9th and 10th Muharram-ul-Harram. The service would be unavailable in Sector G-6 on 10th Muharram-ul-Harram.
The directions to kill both mobile and broadband services are passed down from the Ministry of Interior to the PTA, which ensures its implementation by passing on the orders to all the operators.
According to an official in the PTA, historically such instructions to suspend mobile phone services are issued at the last minute to ensure maximum security.
According to a list of sectors provided by the capital administration and the Islamabad police, mobile services will remain suspended in sectors G-6 and G-7, Blue Area, I-10 and Khyaban-i-Sir Syed, Rawalpindi on Monday and Tuesday.