The government of Punjab has decided to ban mobile services in seven cities on days of Ashura (9th and 10th Muharram) that will fall on August 29 and August 30th.
According to the details, the step has been taken for the sake of protection of Muharram processions.
However, the timings are not yet confirmed, but once the administration will give the schedule; it will directly be forwarded to Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA).
The cities in which mobile services will be banned are:
Earlier the federal government announced two public holidays on account of Ashura (Muharram 9 and 10) which falls on August 29 and 30.
According to the details, the Ministry of Interior has also issued a notification in this regard which states that all public and semi-government institutions will remain closed during these days.
In a separate move, the federal and provincial governments announced strict security measures for the mourning processions, taken out to observe Ashura.
In different cities, the district administrations have imposed ban on pillion riding on Muharram 9 and 10.
In order to avoid peace violation during Ashura days, the district administration has banned pillion riding of a motorcycle in Islamabad.
Pillion riding of the motorcycle will be banned in the federal capital from 8 to 10 Muharram. Deputy Commissioner Islamabad has issued a notification banning pillion riding.
The Commissioner Shaheed Benazirabad Division Syed Mohsin Ali Shah also vowed that in the wake of coronavirus pandemic, Code of Conduct would be strictly implemented during Muharram and all Imambargas would be disinfected with anti-virus sprays before and after holding of Majalis (mourning congregations).