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Pillion riding banned in Karachi

KARACHI: The government on Sunday imposed a fresh ban on pillion riding in the city.

Pillion riding banned in KarachiCapital City Police Officer Fayyaz Ahmed Leghari told Dawn that the ban would be enforced across the city. “Initially the ban will be effective for one week….but it will be extended depending on the law and order situation.”

The ban on pillion riding had been imposed in Muharram and was lifted after the Ashura passed off peacefully.

The pillion-riding ban was imposed following Interior Minister Rehman Malik’s announcement that a “partial curfew” and a ban on pillion riding would be imposed in the city to carry out operations against terrorists.

However, confusion marred the interior minister’s announcement about the imposition of the ‘partial curfew’ in selected localities of the city, as authorities of the Sindh home department drew a blank over it.

Conceding that there was some confusion in his announcement, a home department official, Sharfuddin Memon, told Dawn that the law-enforcement agencies created a semi curfew-like situation in a particular area before carrying out an operation or a raid. “But there is always an element of surprise for such acts,” he said.

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