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Police chief bans pillion bike riding in Ghazni

Police chief bans pillion bike riding in Ghazni

May 17, 2017 - 18:43

GHAZNI CITY (Pajhwok): Authorities have banned pillion bike riding in southern Ghazni province in the wake of increasing insecurity.

Police chief Brig. Gen. Aminullah Amarkhel told Pajhwok Afghan News the ban was aimed at reducing security incidents in the province.

“Taliban militants use bikes in their attacks. It is good for the security of people as well to ban more than one person a bike,” he said, adding he had ordered police to prevent pillion riding in the province.

He said gamble and hookah centers had been closed in Ghazni City, the provincial capital.

However, a resident of Ghazni city, Seddiqullah, said the police chief was enforcing the law only on civilians.

He said Taliban militants also used police uniform in staging attacks even inside the city. “So this ban should also apply on police,” he said.

A tribal elder in Ghazni, Abdul Razaq, asked people to cooperate with the government in enforcing the ban.

“Most of the attacks in the city are carried out with the help of motorcycles, so two persons on one bike should be banned,” he said.

About three years back, the parliament approved a legislation banning pillion riding in the country.

However, the ban is yet to be enforced in capital Kabul and a number of other provinces of the country.