KARACHI : Mobile phone services will remain suspended in parts of the country on Friday (today) as a security step to avoid any untoward incident during the countrywide protests called by the government against the release of anti-Islam film. According to sources, the government has decided to suspend mobile phone services in Karachi, Lahore and other cities from 9 am to 11 pm. The government had blocked the service during the Eid-ul-Fitr to avoid any untoward incident.

On Wednesday, the government announced a public holiday to observe Yaum-e-Ishq-e-Rasool across the country on Friday (today).

The decision was taken during the meeting of the Federal Cabinet under Chairmanship of Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf in Islamabad.