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Pakistan suspends phone network over security fears

Published on Nov 23, 2012 7:35 PM
 
A Pakistani mobile phone user poses with his instruments having failed to make a call following the suspension of mobile phone services in Karachi on Nov 23, 2012. Pakistan suspended mobile phone services in major cities to prevent terror attacks from marring commemorations for the holy month of Muharram, officials said. -- PHOTO: AFP

KARACHI (AFP) - Pakistan suspended mobile phone services in major cities on Friday to prevent terror attacks from marring commemorations for the holy month of Muharram, officials said.

Mobile and wireless phone services were temporarily blocked in the commercial capital Karachi, the south-western city of Quetta and in parts of the capital.

It is the second time Pakistan has shut down mobile networks during Muharram, which culminates with Ashura, the holiest day in the Shiite Muslim calendar when faithful march to mourn the seventh-century killing of Imam Hussein.

A suicide bomber killed 23 people and wounded 62 others at a Shiite procession in Rawalpindi on Thursday, the deadliest bombing in Pakistan for five months.

 
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