In Pakistan, mobile services are often blocked on the 9th and 10th of Muharram, which are significant dates in the Islamic calendar. The main reason behind this blockade is to ensure security and maintain public safety during these days of religious observance.
On Muharram 9, July 28, 2023, from 9:00 am to 8:00 pm, and Muharram 10, July 29, 2023, from 9:00 am to 8:00 pm, mobile services will be temporarily unavailable.
Muharram is the first month of the Islamic lunar calendar and holds particular importance for Muslims, especially for Shia Muslims. The 9th and 10th days of Muharram are known as Ashura, with the 10th day being the most crucial and solemn day.
On Ashura, Shia Muslims commemorate the martyrdom of Imam Hussain, the grandson of the Prophet Muhammad, who was killed in the Battle of Karbala in the year 680 CE. This event is deeply significant and is observed through processions, gatherings, and religious rituals.
Reason why internet services are blocked
Unfortunately, in the past, there have been instances of violence and unrest during Muharram processions and gatherings. To prevent any potential security threats and to maintain law and order, the government may decide to impose a temporary mobile service blockade in specific areas or cities where large gatherings are expected.
By blocking mobile services, the authorities aim to disrupt any potential communication between individuals who might be planning or inciting violence. It is a measure taken to ensure the safety of the public and prevent any untoward incidents during this sensitive time.
It’s important to note that the decision to block mobile services is not taken lightly and is based on security assessments by law enforcement agencies. While it may inconvenience some users, the primary goal is to maintain peace and security during the religious observances of Ashura.