Islamabad authorities have decided to impose a ban on pillion riding on New Year’s Eve, but the federal capital would allow fireworks under a court order.
Authorities in other parts of the country have also announced measures to ensure peaceful celebration.
The decision to ban pillion riding in Islamabad has been taken under section 144 of Code of Criminal Procedure (also known as Cr. Pc.).
A notification issued by Islamabad Capital Territory District Magistrate Lt. (retd) Rana Muhammad Waqas reads that the ban has been imposed to “provide immediate protection to public life and property” as “some pillion riders are likely to resort to violence and disrupting the peace and tranquillity” in the federal capital on the New Year’s Eve.
The ban will last for five hours, from 9pm on December 31st to 2am on January 1st.
On the other hand, the Islamabad High Court Chief Justice Athar Minallah rejected an application seeking a ban on fireworks in the capital city on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.
“Let people enjoy,” remarked Justice Athar Minallah.
Earlier in the day, a resident of Islamabad filed a petition in court against a fireworks show held outside a shopping mall in the city every year. “The mall is located near the GT Road. People in huge numbers come out on the streets to watch it [the fireworks] and block roads,” the petition read.