Pillion riding banned in Islamabad for two months ahead of Muharram

12:02 PM | 10 Sep, 2018
Pillion riding banned in Islamabad for two months ahead of Muharram
ISLAMABAD - The capital territory administration has imposed a two-month ban on pillion riding, taking security measures ahead of Muharram.

The duration of the ban is unusual as it is normally imposed for a few days during the holy month when the processions are held across the country to remember the martyrdom of Imam Hussain.

The first day of the new Islamic year will be announced after moon sighting in the country. The Central Ruet-i-Hilal Committee will meet at the Pakistan Meteorological Department’s offices in Karachi today.

Deputy Commissioner Hamza Shafqaat issued a notification stating, “It has been brought to my knowledge that certain pillion riders are likely to resort to violence and acts of sabotage aimed at disrupting peace and tranquility causing damage to public life and property during the forthcoming Muharram-ul-Harram.”

“To provide immediate protection to public life and property it has been decided to prohibit use of motorcycle for pillion riding in Islamabad for a period of two months,” read the notification.

However, women, elderly people and children will be exempted from the ban, the deputy commissioner said.

The two-month long ban will create troubles for those who save fuels by using a bike to go to their schools, colleges, and officers.