New Year’s Eve: Pillion riding banned in Karachi, Islamabad
Ahead of New Year’s Eve, the Islamabad and Karachi administrations have imposed ban on pillion riding for two days in metropolis and one day in federal capital.
According to the notification issued by Deputy Commissioner Islamabad Irfan Nawaz Memon, section 144 has been imposed in Islamabad on December 31.
A notification issued stated that action will be taken against the violators of the pillion riding ban. “To provide immediate protection to public life and property the directions thereinafter appearing are necessary to be issued.”
“The ban will remain enforce from December 31, 6pm to January 1, 2am,” it added.
In a similar decision, Karachi Commissioner Muhammad Iqbal Memon imposed a ban for two days, from the evening of December 31 to January 1.
In a letter written to the commissioner dated Dec 20, the DIG-South had said that New Year’s Eve was celebrated in different areas of Karachi with full enthusiasm.
“Throughout the night, a large number of youngsters from different areas of the city will move to Seaview on motorcycles and cars, which create traffic jams and inconvenience to the residents of the area,” DIG said in letter.
He, therefore, had requested that a ban under section 144 of the Criminal Code of Procedure on carrying/display of arms, aerial firing, fire crackers, and pillion riding of motorcycles/scooters should be imposed to safeguard the lives of the citizens.
The notification said that the Deputy Commissioner and Assistant Commissioner have the authority to take action against those who violate Section 144 under the respective SSPs and the violators will be booked in the respective police stations.
It should be noted that, the Sindh government had announced that Karachi’s Seaview beach would remain open for the public on New Year’s Eve.