ISLAMABAD (September 21, 2012): All Mobile phone services have been suspended in 15 cities across Pakistan as a security measure to ward off any adverse incident during the observance of Youm-e-Ishqe-Rasool on Friday, as millions will hit the streets to condemn an anti-Islam film.
Cellular coverage was blocked in Islamabad, Karachi, Lahore, Quetta, Peshawar, Rawalpindi, Faisalabad, Multan, Jhang, Rhimyar Khan, Attock, Murree, Chakwal, Chakri, and Kot Momin.
The services will remain suspended till 6:00 PM in the evening.
Consumers, especially in the violence-prone Karachi, are suffering at the loss of connectivity for not being able to stay in touch wit their love ones.
Previously, the government had blocked the service during the Eid-ul-Fitr in a bid to keep any probable acts of terrorism at bay.
The government on Wednesday announced a public holiday to observe Youm-e-Ishq-e-Rasool (Day of Prophet Mohammad’s love) across the country on September 21 (Friday).
The decision was taken during a federal cabinet meeting held under chairmanship of Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf in Islamabad. (GEO NEWS / DUNYA NEWS / THE NEWS INTERNATIONAL / EXPRESS)