Mobile phone services in Karachi are to remain shut for at least three hours after Friday prayer. According to Federal Interior Minister Rehman Malik, Karachi is facing acute terrorist threats and shutting down mobile services will help reduce their intensity.
Allegedly, the shutdown of mobile services has mostly proven successful to overcome terrorism in Pakistan. Malik often takes such measures to ensure security. Reportedly, he has announced to jam all mobile phone services from 12 noon to 3 pm. In addition, security will be high alert while police patrolling will keep a close eye around religious institutions.
Moreover, Malik has called for a security meeting aimed at discussing the increased security threats in Pakistan. He is anticipating digging out long-term solutions to the problem. According to a senior officer of the Ministry of Interior, the meeting is likely to be held on February 4.
Talking to the media, Malik openly held Sipaha-e-Sihaba, Lashker-e-Jhangvi and Jaish-e-Muhammad responsible for all the major terrorism activities in Karachi. He was making reference to the blast on Wednesday. Malik stated that CEC is also receiving serious terrorism threats. Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) had reached out to the interior ministry on the same matter.
Interior Minister Rehman Malik has been speaking about possible terrorist threats in Karachi during the first week of February. His statements were often received with criticism from his own ruling party-Pakistan People’s Party (PPP). Malik’s methods of overcoming terrorism are often censured.