The Punjab government has decided to suspend mobile phone services on Ashura due to security concerns in seven cities of the province, according to a notification issued by the provincial home department.
According to the notification, the Punjab government has sought details from the seven relevant district administrations for the suspension of mobile phone service. The cities that will face suspension of services are Lahore, Rawalpindi, Sheikhupura, Jehlum, Chiniot, Okara and Bahawalpur.
The notification sent to the cities has directed the district administrations to let the provincial government know the timing for the suspension of cellular service. It adds that the timings will be sent to the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) so any untoward accident can be avoided.
Earlier this month, the Supreme Court had ruled that the government can suspend cellular services under "special circumstances".