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Mobile services not suspended on Youm-e-Ali (AS)



KARACHI: Mobile services were not suspended in Karachi, despite severe terror threats to the procession of Youm-e-Ali (AS) taken out on MA Jinnah Road on Sunday. Sindh Home Department had written a letter to federal government for suspending mobile services in the city after security agencies warned of improvised explosive devices to be used for targeting the participants of the procession. However, Pakistan Telecommunication Authority, which comes under federal government, did not suspend the services on Sunday. The security agencies, however, used jammers on the route of Youm-e-Ali procession to avert any terror bid.  Karachi police spokesman Atique Shaikh said that intelligence agencies have warned the police about the possibility of terrorists using mobile phones to trigger improvised explosive devices (IEDs) to attack Youm-e-Ali (AS) procession. Acting on the intelligence agencies warning, Karachi police chief Ghulam Qadir Thebo had suggested the home department to shut down mobile phone services from 4am to 11pm. According to a home department official, the Sindh government fulfilled its duty to ask federal authorities to order mobile companies to suspend their services in the city. He asked that in case of any terror activity who would be responsible for the deaths and said that the federal authorities should show responsibility in order to tackle terror issues and should not neglect the demands of the Sindh government. 

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