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Mobile phone services resume in Karachi

February 01, 2013

Interior Minister Rehman Mailk. — Photo by AP/File

KARACHI: Mobile phone services resumed in Karachi on Friday after remaining suspended from 12-3 pm upon the orders of Federal Interior Minister Rehman Malik amid security concerns, DawnNews reported.

Malik had said on Thursday that there was a terror threat in Karachi for Friday, hence mobile phone services were to be suspended during Friday prayer timings from 12 noon to 3 pm.

The minister had further stated that all stake-holders were consulted over the matter and preparations were made to increase security around mosques and other religious institutions. Malik had said that police had also been directed to improve patrolling, adding that the motive for creating unrest in Karachi was to destabilise the country at large.

Over a dozen people were killed on Thursday in different incidents of violence across the city. The victims included a religious scholar of Karachi's Jamia Binoria, his driver and a colleague, who were shot dead on Shaharea Faisal near Nursery area of Karachi.