ISLAMABAD: Cellular phone services have been restored in most part of the country after daylong blockage on the occasion of Ashura on Friday.
Owing to security concerns, mobile phones fell silent on 9th and 10th of Muharram across the country to thwart terror attacks as militants often use cell phones to detonate bombs.
According to reports, service has been restored across Punjab, Quetta, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and parts of Sindh.
It is noted here that Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) had asked mobile phone firms to suspend services temporarily. The services were blocked in Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Karachi, Quetta, Peshawar, Hyderabad, Chakwal, Faisalabad, Gujranwala, Jhang, Narowal, Dera Ghazi Khan, Bahawalpur, Layyah, Rahimyar Khan, Sargodha, Bhakkar, Multan, Toba Tek Singh, Chiniot, Pakpattan, Khairpur, Sehwan, Nawabshah, Larkana Dera Ismail Khan, Kohat, Hangu, Lakki Marwat and Bannu.
Earlier, the government had decided to suspend cellular service suspended in several cities on 9th and 10th Muharram to avert any untoward incident.
According to reports, the security agencies had informed the federal interior ministry that there was a potential threat that terrorists could target Ashura processions on 9th and 10th Muharram.
On November 12, the Sindh and Balochistan governments had requested the federal interior ministry to suspend mobile phone services for two days.