JI flays govt ban on pillion riding

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The Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) Sindh Chapter on Wednesday criticised the ban on pillion riding and urged administration to focus on root-causes of crime instead of creating hardships for citizens.
JI Sindh Amir MNA Asadullah Bhutto said the banning of pillion riding was confession of government regarding its failure to control law and order.
He said that the logical course of action would be resignation of the provincial government, but instead pillion riding was banned to further punish citizens.
He charged that the lawlessness during the rule of present government had broken all past record. He said that snatching of mobile phones, vehicles, purses, besides robberies and other crimes had made lives of Karachiites miserable.
He said that on the previous day 64 Karachiites were deprived of their mobile phone and 28 more of their vehicles. He said that these figures just represent crimes about which FIRs were lodged in police stations, while a very large number of such cases went unreported daily due to lack of confidence of citizens over police.
He said that despite the deadline of October 31, 2006, the provincial government failed to check growing crime rate in Karachi.
He said that the government had confessed of its failure by banning the pillion ride, but it was like putting cart before the horse.
He said that crime rate could not be suppressed until the rulers end political patronisation of the groups of criminals, killers and extortionist.
The JI Sindh president said that more than 50 political leaders and Ulema including Abdullah Murad, Mufti Shamzai and Aslam Mujahid had been killed during the rule of present government, but their killers were yet to be arrested.
He said that cosmetic approaches like banning pillion ride were not answer to this serious issue, which required pruning in higher administration.
Meanwhile, a high-level of JI Sindh was held here at Quba Auditorium with their present Asadullah Bhutto in the chair. Through a resolution, the meeting harshly criticised the worsening law and order situation in Karachi, as well as, Sindh province.
It was of the opinion that law and order could not improve in a situation where police officers were answerable before the sector incharges of a particular group.
The resolution also flayed government for not reducing oil prices in Pakistan, when they nose-dived in the international market. It termed that this was an economic genocide of masses.
The resolution also criticised undue interference of ruling political parties in making voter lists, and feared that this was beginning of massive poll rigging during next elections.

Copyright PPI (Pakistan Press International), 2006