Political parties deplore ban on pillion riding


KARACHI: Different political parties and organizations on Sunday condemned the ban on pillion riding in Karachi and demanded of the Sindh government to lift it forthwith, and instead take other solid steps for controlling law and order situation in the city.

Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) Karachi chapter Amir Hafiz Naeemur Rehman termed the ban illogical, useless and against the interest of the people. He said that around 2million Karachiites belong to middle and lower class who would directly go affected by the ban.

Dawa Khan Saber, spokesman of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Sindh, called the ban an anti-people step. He said that in the past such steps had failed bringing any improvement in law and order situation. He said the government should take other solid steps instead of making trouble for people by imposing the pillion riding ban time and again.

Secretary General, Awami National Party (ANP) Sindh chapter, Bashir Jan said that the ban on pillion riding in the past had not proved fruitful. He said that if the government thinks that the ban is imperative then it must prove its benefit too. He said the government should gain the purpose of improving law and order so that the citizens’ troubles many not go in vain.

President, Pasban Karachi, Sheikh Muhammad Shakeel termed the ban unconstitutional. He said that Sindh government and law enforcing agencies were pushing the nation back to Stone Age by imposing ban even on pillion riding. He said that the ban after three months of starting of ongoing targeted operation in the city would be considered a failure of the government and law enforcing agencies.

Haleem Adil Shaikh, president Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid-e-Azam (PML-Q) Sindh chapter, said that for hiding its failure the provincial government was tormenting the people. He said that ban on pillion riding was not the solution of target killing; instead the government should leave its ostrich like attitude and take harsh steps for wiping out terrorism.

Information Secretary, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Sindh, Ali Akbar Gujar, however, supported the government decision, saying the ban on pillion riding was imperative to end the rising incidents of target killing in the city.

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