PESHAWAR: Mobile phone services have been restored in most parts of the country after two days suspension on account of Youm-e-Ashur.

The phone services, including calls, text messages and mobile internet, were suspended in many cities of the countries, including Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and tribal districts, keeping in view of apprehensions of coordination of criminal activity by miscreants/criminals through the use of cellular phones/internet during Muharram related majalis (religious gatherings) and processions.

Besides jamming of mobile phone signals, other security measures were also taken during sensitive cities in Muharram. The main steps included ban on pillion riding, display or arms and use of tinted glasses in vehicles. The Pak-Afghan border in Chaman and Pak-Iran border in Taftan were also closed for two days as part of security measures. However, the main border with Afghanistan in Torkham remained opened.

Due to fool-proof security measures, Muharram processions in most parts of the country concluded peacefully without any untoward incident.

However, mobile phone subscribers faced many difficulties as they could not contact near and dear ones due to jamming of the signals. The office work of people also suffered due to unavailability of mobile internet. Although public holiday was declared on 9 and 10 Muharram (20 and 21 September), but few private institutions, including emergency services and electronic media outlets, remained opened.