Massive mobile phone shutdown and Bike riding suspended by Sharafat Kazmi

Saturday, November 24, 2012 - Islamabad—Mobile telephone service would remain suspended for two days from Saturday in a number of cities and towns of the country and Azad Kashmir as part of the measures to prevent any untoward incident. Talking to newsmen in Islamabad on Friday‚ Minister for Interior Rehman Malik said there would also be ban on motor cycle riding on 9th and 10th of Muharram from six in the morning to ten in the night.

He said the requests for suspension of cellular phone service have come from provincial governments and Azad Kashmir and the lists of cities and towns have been finalized after through internal debate with agencies concerned. Punjab government has recommended suspension of service in 14 cities and towns. These are Rawalpindi‚ Lahore‚ Multan‚ Sargodha‚ Attock‚ Jhang‚ Rahimyar Khan‚ Faisalabad‚ Nankana‚ Dera Ghazi Khan‚ Bhakkar‚ Muzaffargarh‚ Pak Pattan and Gujranwala. Balochistan government had recommended suspension of mobile phone service in the entire province but after consultations the suspension would be applicable to Quetta‚ Kalat‚ Kohlu‚ Dera Bugti‚ Khuzdar‚ Turbat‚ Mastung‚ Gawadar‚ Panjgur and Hub.

In Sindh the ban would be in Karachi‚ Hyderabad‚ Larkana‚ Khairpur and Noshera Feroze. The service would remain suspended in Hangu, Kohat ,Peshawar‚ Mardan‚ Charsadda‚ Nowshera‚ Dera Ismail Khan‚ Tank‚ Mansehra and Haripur.

In FATA‚ the service would be suspended in Kuyrram Agency and Miranshah. PTCL would also remain closed. The Interior Minister said after consultation with Prime Minister of Azad Kashmir the service would be suspended in Muzaffarabad‚ Rawalakot‚ Mirpur‚ Kotli‚ and Neelum Valley.

In Gilgit-Baltistan‚ the mobile phone service would remain closed in Gilgit. As for Islamabad‚ the Minister said mobile service would remain suspended in G-6 sector from 3.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m (holiday).

Rehman Malik said in view of ban on motorcycle riding‚ hawkers should finish their newspaper distribution work from six to 10 a.m. and must keep with them their national identity cards and documents of the motor-cycle. He said no motorcyle or vehicle would be allowed to be parked within half a kilometer of Majalis and along routes of processions. 

The Interior Minister said he himself and some senior officials have received SMS threats and the number has been traced the culprit would be brought to book.

He said police and rangers have been deployed for security during Muharram and if needed army would also be called in.

The Minister said there is credible information that terrorist attacks are imminent in Islamabad by the miscreants.


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