Cellphone service halted in Pakistan

Jan. 25, 2013 at 3:29 PM

KARACHI, Pakistan, Jan. 25 (UPI) -- Pakistani Interior Minister Rehman Malik ordered Pakistan Telecommunication Authority to suspend mobile phone services in 60 cities Friday.

Cellphone service was suspended for the observance of Eid Milad-un-Nabi, a Muslim holiday celebrating the life of the Prophet Muhammad, Dawn News reported.

The government also imposed Section 144 of the Criminal Code, which prohibits riding motorcycles without a silencer, one-wheel motorcycle riding and passengers riding on motorcycles.

Section 144 was imposed in just some cities, including Lahore, Rawalpindi, Peshawar and Karachi.

Using or displaying weapons and the use of any kind of fireworks have been banned on Friday and Saturday in Rawalpindi, Karachi, Lahore and Peshawar.

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