LAHORE  - The Punjab government has announced suspending service of Metro Bus in Lahore and Rawalpindi, besides imposing a ban on pillion riding and suspension of cellular services across the province on Muharram 9 and 10 (Friday and Saturday).

Spokesman of Metro Bus Authority said that it has been decided not to operate metro bus service due to security reasons during Muharram-ul-Harram in Lahore and Rawalpindi and the concerned commissioners have formally issued notification in this regard. The spokesman said police and law enforcement agencies can use metro corridor for surveillance during Muharram holidays. He said that metro bus service will start its operation as per routine on Sunday.

This decision was taken during a meeting held to review law and order situation in the province with Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif in the chair. The provincial government has directed law enforcement agencies to ensure foolproof security arrangements. Ten cities have been declared as the most sensitive including Lahore, Faisalabad, Sargodha, Sahiwal, Multan, Gujranwala, Jang, Rahimyar Khan, Chiniot and Rawalpindi.

75 companies of Pakistan Army and 12 companies of Rangers will be deployed along with police across the province. All the processions and congregations will be monitored and 39 drone cameras will be utilised for this purpose. A control unit has been set up at Central Police Office Lahore.