Mobile phone services have been shut down in Karachi and other parts of Sindh as part of the Chehlum security plan.

The Interior Ministry has decided to suspend mobile phone services in Sindh and Gilgit-Baltistan today (Monday) on Chehlum of Hazrat Imam Hussain (R.A).

Sources said the measure has been taken on the strong recommendation of intelligence agencies and PTA has been taken into confidence on it.

Cellular phone services will remain unavailable in Sindh from 12:00 noon to 10:00 pm while in Gilgit-Baltistan the suspension will be effective from 12:00 noon to 6:00 pm.

Mobile services will also remain suspended in four districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa that include Peshawar, Kohat, D.I Khan and Tank.

As part of strict security measures for the Chehlum of martyrs of Karbala, pillion riding has been banned in Karachi for Nov 20 and 21.

Karachi police detained at least 100 citizens from Sea View for violating ban imposed on pillion riding as part of the security arrangements for the Chehlum of martyrs of Karbala. According to police officials, more than 50 motorcycles were taken into custody and 19 cases registered. 23 people were arrested from Jackson area.

However, according to a notification issued by the Sindh Interior Ministry, old people, children, women, journalists and members of law enforcement agencies have impunity from the ban.