KARACHI – The Interior Ministry has decided to suspend mobile phone services in Sindh and Gilgit-Baltistan today (Monday) on Chehlum of Hazrat Imam Hussain (R.A).

Sources said the measure is taken on the strong recommendation of intelligence agencies for fear of terrorist attacks and PTA (Pakistan Telecommunication Authority) has been conveyed the message.

Cellular phone services will remain unavailable in Sindh from 12:00 noon to 10:00pm while in Gilgit-Baltistan it will be effective from 12:00 noon to 6:00pm.

Meanwhile, cellular services might be suspended in adjoining areas of Data Darbar owing to Urs of Hazrat Data Ganj Baksh and Chehlum of Hazrat Imam Hussain (RA). Pillion riding has also been banned in the city for today.

The mobile services will also remain suspended in four districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa that include Peshawar, Kohat, D.I Khan and Tank.

Meanwhile, ban has also been imposed on pillion riding in Karachi for two days (November 20 and 21) as part of security measures for the Chehlum of martyrs of Karbala.

Karachi police have detained over 100 citizens and over 50 motorcycles are taken into custody across the city for violating this ban.