KARACHI: Sindh government decision to ban pillion riding during Eid holidays in the city has received opposition from political parties and citizens, who considers this move as an attempt to deprive people of enjoying Eid festivities, however, the home department officials considers it a necessary step to ensure peace in the metropolis.
Mohammad Amir, who came to Tariq Road along with his friends, expressed his anger over the ban as saying that it had created problems in Eid shopping with friends and family members.
“The citizens in Karachi feel threatened while going out of their homes in routine days and the government has intensified their miseries on the occasion of Eid and deprived them of going out with friends and family by imposing ban on pillion riding,” he said.
Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) members of Sindh Assembly criticized the government ban and demanded immediate withdrawal of it. The MQM leaders said that a large number of citizens use pillion riding for Eid shopping and other works.
In a joint statement, they said that people’s difficulties would increase with the ban on the pillion riding, especially during the occasion of Eid.
The MQM members demanded of Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul Ibad, Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah and acting inspector general police to reconsider their decision of slapping pillion riding ban in Karachi as a relief to the citizens on the happy occasion of Eid.
Jamaat-i-Islami (JI) Chief Hafiz Naeemur Rehman also rejected the ban and said that law enforcers had failed to provide security to citizens. “On one hand, law enforcers have failed to control law and order while on the other hand, they are receiving hefty bribes from citizens,” he blamed.
He alleged that Eidi collection campaign of police was on the rise in the city while traffic police officials were also involved in collecting money from taxis, rickshaws, buses and coaches.
PTI MPA Khurram Sher Zaman decried the pillion riding ban and said that the government was ill-concerned to provide an opportunity to the citizens to enjoy Eid festivities. He said that killings in the city were on the rise despite these bans and said that the PPP which labels itself as the party of people should lift this ban immediately.
Talking to PPI, spokesman for home secretary Sindh Iqbal Ahmed said: “First priority of the government is to ensure law and order in the city during Eid celebrations. We know that these steps irk people but we could not withdraw them as providing security to citizens is the number one priority of the regime,” he said.
He said that there were terror threats in the city due to the ongoing military operation in North Waziristan and the provincial government did not want to provide any space to terrorists to strike the Eid festivities.
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