Bomb fear stops mobile phones use

Pakistan is to suspend mobile phone services in most parts of the country today and tomorrow to prevent attacks against Shiite Muslims during a key religious commemoration.

Militants often detonate bombs using mobiles and the Pakistani government has implemented similar service suspensions in 
the past, but not on such a wide scale.

Saturday and Sunday are the most important days of Muharram, the first month of the Islamic calendar, which is especially important to Shiites.

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Pakistani Shiites on Sunday observe the Ashoura, commemorating the 7th century death of Imam Hussein, the Prophet Mohammed’s grandson. The Sunni-Shiite split over the true heir to Mohammed dates back to that era.

Several bombings targeting Shiites earlier this week killed over a dozen people.

The suspension was to begin at 6am today and run through the next day.