Karachi strike: Pillion riding banned for 24 hours

November 21, 2013 8:55 PM

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The ban has been impose­d to ensure securi­ty during protes­t demons­tratio­ns in Karach­i on Friday.

KARACHI: Sindh government imposed a ban on pillion riding in Karachi on Thursday for 24 hours, Express News reported.

Express News correspondent Shah Waliullah said that the measure was taken to ensure security in Karachi on Friday. Religious groups have announced that they will stage protest demonstrations in Karachi on Friday called in response to the volatile security situation in Rawalpindi.

A demonstration is planned at Gurumandir to protest against the violence in Rawalpindi last week.

On November 15, sectarian clashes had erupted at an Ashura procession near Fawara Chowk, that left at least 11 people dead and over 80 injured. Unidentified people had also set a portion of the cloth market in Raja Bazaar on fire.

“Interior secretary Mumtaz Shah has confirmed that a ban on pillion riding is being imposed in Karachi,” reported Waliullah, adding that the government has further directed police officials and Rangers to ensure foolproof security during the strike.

A similar ban was imposed earlier in the city on Muharram 9 and 10 to address security concerns.

On a police request, the ban was then extended for two days. On another request, it was prolonged for two more.

Source: tribune.com.pk

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