Islamabad (September 09, 2018): The Islamabad’s administration on Sunday imposed a two-month ban on pillion-riding in the city as part of the security measures ahead of Muharram’s processions and gatherings.
According to the notification issued by the office of the Islamabad District Magistrate, the Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) administration has imposed Section 144 in the jurisdiction of the federal capital and banned pillion riding for two months.
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The notification says, “Certain pillion riders are likely to resort to violence and acts of sabotage aimed at disrupting peace and tranquillity causing damage to public life and property during Muharram-ul-Harram.”The ban on pillion riding has been imposed with immediate effect for two months.
Ladies, senior citizens, journalists and government officials have been exempted from the ban.
Earlier on September 07, Pillion riding was banned in Sindh for three days as part of the security plan for the upcoming Muharram processions.
As per the notification issued by the provincial home department, the ban will last for three days from the eighth of Muharram-ul-Haram to the 10th across the province.Apart from that, the use of loudspeakers and the public display of weapons is also prohibited without permission.
Furthermore, the notice also directed that hate speech, as well as offensive wall chalking, will also be barred under Section 144.
According to Pakistan Meteorological Department, the first month in the Islamic calendar, Muharram-ul-Haram is expected to commence on September 12th, while the 10th of the month will fall on September 22nd.