Pakistan Telecommunication Authority has issued a directive to all cellular operators to suspend mobile cellular networks on the occasion of Chehlum of Imam Hussain (R.A) in 46 districts of Pakistan, i.e. in all cities of these districts.
It is said to be the largest service closure plan till to date, which will cover hundred of cities in 46 districts across Pakistan.
Please keep reading to see the list, along with the schedule for service closure.
The directive, a copy of which is available with ProPakistani, said:
In order to help Law Enforcement Agencies to avoid any untoward incident in Moharram (Chehlum), you are requested to close Mobile & Wireless Services in different districts (i.e. closure in complete districts) of Pakistan as per the schedule in the attached sheet.
It is important to note that operators are responsible to curtail the spillover signals from all BTSs in vicinities of these districts so that to ensure closure in its true letter and spirit .
Notification said that mobile operators will confirm service closure in different districts within 15 minutes after start of the scheduled time mentioned against each district through return emails.
Cellular service is ordered to remain suspended In following districts of Punjab from 0800 hrs to 2200 hrs on 3rd January, 2013 except in Lahore where timing of closure is from 0600 hrs to 2300 hrs on 3rd January 2013
- DG Khan
In following districts of Sindh, cellular and wireless service will remain down from 0800 hrs to 2200 hrs on 3rd January, 2013
- Karachi Range
- Noushero Feroz
In following districts of Balcohistan, mobile phone service will remain suspended from 0800 hrs to 2200 hrs on 3rd January, 2013
- Jhal Magsi
Cellular service will remain down In following districts of AJK from 0800 hrs to 2200 hrs on 3rd January, 2013
- Kotli (Punch)
In following districts of Gilgit Baltistan, service will remain down from 0900 hrs to 1500 hrs on 3rd January, 2013
- District Gilgit
Mobile phone service in following districts of KPK as per schedule mentioned against ecah district:-
- Peshawar: 0000 hrs to 2200 hrs
- Kohat: 0000 hrs to 2000 hrs
- Hangu: 0000 hrs to 2000 hrs
- D.I. Khan: 1900 hrs to 2400 hrs
- Tank: 0800 hrs to 1800 hrs
- Bannu: 1400 hrs to 1600 hrs