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Pillion Riding Banned in Islamabad on New Year

Islamabad’s civil administration has imposed a ban on pillion riding as part of security arrangements implemented ahead of the New Year.

According to details, DC Islamabad, Irfan Nawaz Memon, has notified the implementation of Section 144, under which pillion riding in the federal capital will remain prohibited from 6 PM on 31 December to 2 AM on 1 January.

Meanwhile, security is on high alert in the federal capital. Islamabad Police has set up checkpoints all over the city to maintain peace and law and order. A number of countries have already advised their citizens in Pakistan against unnecessary movement during the festive period.

Earlier, it was reported that Commissioner Karachi, Muhammad Iqbal Memon, banned pillion riding on 31 December and 1 January. The Commissioner issued stern directions to Deputy Commissioners (DCs) and Assistant Commissioners (ACs) to take stern action against those violating the ban and book them under Section 188 of the Pakistan Penal Code (PPC).

However, Sindh’s Information Minister, Sharjeel Memon, has clarified that there is no ban on pillion riding in the city, requesting people to enjoy New Year without aerial firing, road blockages, and one-wheeling.

In a related development, Karachi Police announced that Seaview will remain open to the citizens on New Year. In recent years, the police used to put Seaview off limits in order to prevent citizens from celebrating the New Year there.