According to the latest reports, the Pakistan Telecommunications Authority (PTA) has decided to suspend mobile services in some parts of Karachi due to security concerns. PTA says so mobile services in Karachi will remain partially suspended until 10 Muharram as the Ministry of Home Affairs has instructed them to suspend services until Asura 2023.
Ministry of Home Affairs orders PTA to suspend mobile services in Karachi
Let me tell you that many complaints have been received as customers claim that mobile services are affected at different times in some areas. On the contrary, some people face a complete shutdown. The areas where cellular mobile service has been suspended or affected are Steel Town, Gulshan-e-Hadid, Jaffer e Tayar Society, Malir 15, Future Colony, Dawood Chowrangi, Haji Zakaria Goth. Mobile services have been partially suspended in Shah Latif Town, Bhitaiabad, Memon Goth Main Market and Bin Qasim Town, including other areas.
This has been announced by the federal government Muharram holidays on 9 and 10 Muharram, 28 and 29 July because of Ashura. A notice from the Cabinet Department states:
“It is for general information that the Prime Minister takes pleasure in declaring 28th to 29th July 2023 (Friday and Saturday) as holidays on the occasion of Ashura (9th and 10th Moharram 1445 AH),”
Pakistan marked the first of Muharram, the beginning of the new Islamic year 1445 AH on July 20. It means that Youm-e-Ashura will be celebrated on July 29. In terms of safety, the government of Sindh has also banned driving on Muharram 9 and 10 under certain measures taken under section 144 of the CrPC. The government wants to ensure that Ashura Days activities continue uninterrupted. In addition, the federal government also deployed military forces across the country to provide security during the holy month of Muharram.
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