KARACHI – In the backdrop of a series of drowning incidents, the Sindh government on Wednesday ordered a ban on swimming at Karachi’s beaches.

The authorities have announced that under Section 144 of the CrPC, a ban has been imposed on wading through, swimming and diving in the sea at the beaches of Karachi for the next six months.

“A six-month ban has been imposed on swimming, wading or diving in the sea to ensure the safety of the public,” a government statement said.

“In absence of any effective guards at the beach, it is in the interest of the people to stay away from the beaches to prevent any untoward incident,” said Anwer Kazmi, a spokesman for the Edhi Foundation, the ambulance service which takes responsibility for the bodies of drowning victims.

On Tuesday, four school friends drowned at Sandspit beach. They were identified as Hamza Siddiqui, Ejaz Azad, Ali Ahmed and Hamza Anis. They were students of Matric at the Little Whittle School in Orangi Town and had arrived at the beach for a picnic with the student administration.