Pillion ride to retunr in Karachi as SHC barred govt from imposing ban

KARACHI, PAKISTAN, JUL 15: Residents of Karachi pillion ride on motorcycles after  lifted ban on pillion riding on Friday, July 15, 2011.  Sindh Government lifted the ban on  pillion riding in Karachi on Friday as the situation in the city returned to normalcy.  (Rizwan Ali/PPI Images).

WEB DESK – The long standing ban on pillion riding aka Double Sawari might be lifted soon as the Sindh High Court (SHC) has ordered not to put ban on pillion riding unnecessarily.

According to the preliminary reports the highest apex court in the province of Sindh directed the provincial authorities to abstain putting unnecessary ban on pillion riding.

Court also directed the government to not block mobile phone services unless seriously required for security reasons.

Karachi is the largest metropolis and most thickly populated city of Pakistan with the population of 20 million. Karachi also has the largest number of motor bikes and vehicles as compared to any other city in Pakistan.

Unfortunately, for over one decade, whenever there would be any incident of terrorism the first and foremost action of government was to put ban on pillion riding. Moreover, during the government of Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), former federal interior minister Rehman Malik introduced the custom of banning mobile phone services on the occasion of major religious festivals like Eid and Ashura.

But after the order of Sindh High Court, there is a hope that now Karachiites would be able to ride on bikes as two.

About Hissan Khan

Hissan Khan is currently working as the Editorial Head of Pakistan Tribe's Islamabad Office. Having work as current affairs host, news analyst and C4D expert, Hissan holds a good command over communication and development strategies.

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