The district administrations of Karachi and Islamabad on Friday prohibited pillion riding before New Year’s Eve.
On New Year’s Eve, Karachi Commissioner Muhammad Iqbal Memon also outlawed the carrying and displaying of weapons, aerial firing, the use of firecrackers, and pillion riding on motorbikes or scooters.
The two-day ban is in force starting on December 31 and lasting till the morning of January 1 throughout Karachi’s municipal boundaries.
The city police will arrest anyone found breaking the ban in the metropolitan area under section 188 PPC, as instructed by the deputy commissioners and assistant commissioners.
“On this 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,” the notification read.
The DIGP South Zone has requested that a ban under section 144 on “carrying and display of arms, aerial firing, firecrackers, pillion riding of motorcycle or scooter to safeguard the precious lives of the citizens”.
Aerial gunfire, firecrackers, and pillion riding on motorcycles or scooters on New Year’s Eve in the metropolitan area have all been outlawed after the city administration issued a warning to the public that doing so could result in “untoward situations or loss of human lives.”
However, Pillion riding restrictions will be in place in the federal capital Islamabad from 6 p.m. on December 31, 2022 (Saturday), to 2 a.m. on January 1, 2023.
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