Srinagar: Police baton-charge mourners on Muharram, detain some

Pakistan       by Mahmood Idrees | Published

Ashura is one of the deeply revered events for Muslims across the world.

An official said the provincial government had ordered the suspension of phone service on the advice of law enforcement agencies, which had ramped up the threat level.

In order to keep law and order situation under complete control, the government also chose to ban pillion riding in sensitive cities of the country, including Karachi, Quetta and Peshawar, as part of Ashura security arrangements.

Cellular services will remain partially suspended in different cities on 9th and 10th Muharram.

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Cellular and internet services remained suspended in Karachi, Jacobabad, Shikarpur, Kashmore, Khairpur, Haripur, DI Khan and Lakki Marwat, among other areas.

As per the tradition, cities across Sindh, including Karachi, Larkana, Sukkur, Hyderabad have been marked as most sensitive regions during the two days of religious activities.

The authorities continued to impose strict restrictions in Srinagar to prevent people from participating in Ashura processions on the tenth day of Muharram (today), the Kashmir Media Service (KMS) reported. M. A. Jinnah Road has been divided into 23 sub-sectors, whereas all 287 entry points to M. A. Jinnah Road, including the shops on the route have been sealed.

Police and paramilitary troopers were deployed in strength in the restriction bound areas and concertina wires were erected at various places to thwart any possible Muharram procession.

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