Mobile Phone Services to Remain Suspended in 46 Districts on Jan 3rd

Pakistan-cell-mobile-phonePakistan 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

  • Lahore
  • Narowal
  • Rawalpindi
  • Attock
  • Jhelum
  • Chakwal
  • Sargodha
  • Bhakkar
  • Faisalabad
  • Jhang
  • T.T.Singh
  • Chiniot
  • Multan
  • Pakpatan
  • DG Khan
  • Layyah
  • Bahawalpur
  • R.Y.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
  • Hyderabad
  • Sukkur
  • Noushero Feroz
  • Khairpur
  • Mirpurkhas


In following districts of Balcohistan, mobile phone service will remain suspended from 0800 hrs to 2200 hrs on 3rd January, 2013

  • Quetta
  • Khuzdar
  • Sibi
  • Nasirabad
  • Kachhi
  • Jhal Magsi
  • Jafarabad
  • Zhob
  • Loralai


Cellular service will remain down In following districts of AJK from 0800 hrs to 2200 hrs on 3rd January, 2013

  • Muzaffarabad
  • Bagh
  • Rawalakot
  • Kotli (Punch)
  • Mirpur
  • Bhimber

Gilgit Baltistan

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

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  • mamapakistani

    Die Shaitan Malik Die

  • May Rehman Malik not even find a place in Hell as well.

    • eesha


  • psyyy

    What a Solution for security. f*** u shaitan.

  • faizan

    and reason for this closure?

    • “stupid reason” is mentioned in article if you can read it again!

    • nafees ahmed arain

      go home faizan you are drunk :P first read the article then come here to do comments ,,,,

  • faisal khattak

    investor of telco should do suicide ….

    • This probably does not bother Pakistani Cellular Carriers or their investors at all. I was told by an engineer at one of these carriers that when cellular service suspension occurs, they use the time to deploy new sites and upgrade existing infrastructure which would require a wide service outage anyway. Besides, do we know of any celluar carrier in Pakistan that is posting financial losses? But again this is just my opinion.

  • Pissed of Pakistani

    Ku**ay kay bachay hain ye saray

  • ye ab khayal aya rehman mamoo ko ke motocycle pe nasb bomb mobile phone ka istamal se phat jata hai ……..

  • Boyesa

    Nice, who the hell gave the on/off switch to rehman malik :P

    • nafees ahmed arain

      the great zaradri gave him that switch :D

  • Gulab Shah

    may mr Malik rest in hell

  • nafees ahmed arain

    agar kisi aur country me aesa ho na to awam ja k galy pakar le aese politicians k but as usual ye begairt qom united hogi to pakry ki na in k galy …
    bethy raho chup chaap aur krty raho brdash :@

    • Karwa Sach

      Aur kon see aissy country hay jahan har doosray roz musalmaan musalmaan kau bomb say urra daita hay? it is easy to criticize when you cant even stand up for the injustice caused to your neighbours or even yourself.

      • mmHmm

        To ye kis ki ghalti hy k dosray musalman ko itni SHAY mil gaii k w0 jab chahay jahan chahey ik dosray k0 urra dey .. kis ka kaam hy asay halaat k0 rokna ?? tmara mera kaam t0 nae hy na, Vote diya tha isliye nahi k ye kaam bhi hum he karein, Nokriaan kr k kha rha hy her koi yahan aam aadmi .. Hakumat k0 5 saal BANTAY khelnay ke liye t0 nahi diye thay na .. kis cheez ki kami hy unk0, EMAAN ki kamii hy in kuttay se budTar janwar0 mey jin mey Rehman MAlik Zardari Gillani Raja Parvez Nawaz Altaf Raisani or inhi jesay 0r chotay motay kuttay shamil hyn .. BAKWAS mat kiya ker0 subah subah K criticise krna asan hy blah blah

        • nafees ahmed arain

          right ,,,,,

  • Yea cheeeezzzzzzz

  • aamir bhai ap ny BWN ko indicate nh kia almost sary punjab m subah 6 bajy sy ufone ki service band hy ……….

  • efkhan

    this is our personal weakness, that people like Rehman MALIK can do anything with our lives.we just sit and crib (including me) only, when its time to protest and take some physical action …. :(

  • We support this in only one condition if MNA’s, Ministers, PM, President also obey this order..

  • Aitezaz

    OKARA is not listed in the list, But TELENOR and UFONE is still off in OKARA

  • Muslim

    Why Islamabad is excluded and all network are working there!

  • Shehryar Alam Khan

    What about people who need to call 1122 in an health emergency or fire?

  • Jazlyn

    Mind that this action can save many lives as well! about 85% users of cell phone in Pakistan have no need of it at all and propakistani do you receiving $ from telecom companies?