Pillion riding banned in Ghazni City
GHAZNI CITY (PAN): In an effort to curb violence, security forces imposed a ban on pillion riding in southern Ghazni City on Monday.
The move is aimed to ensure safety of civilians, Col. Allah Nazar Ziaee, the provincial crime branch chief, told Pajhwok Afghan News.
The measure was taken as a result of increasing assaults by Taliban on motorbikes over the last few days, he said. Using bikes, militants manage to make good their escape after attacks.
Law-enforcers have imposed the ban on pillion riding several times over the past three years, but civilians rarely respect the restriction.
Habibullah, an ex-jihadi commander and member of peace council, agreed pillion riding created security problems. He urged the locals to comply with the ban.
Less than a week back, militants on motorbikes shot dead two senior police officers in Ghazni City and Aab Band district.
However, residents termed the move an ineffective measure. Abdul Jame Jame, a member of the provincial council, called on police to review their strategy, because the last two incidents occurred close to security checkposts.
He complained insecurity had resulted in the absence of government staffers besides forcing locals to stay indoors.
Ghani Khan, a local shopkeeper who came along with his brother to the city on a motorbike, said the measure might have a positive impact on security.
The Aab-Band police chief was shot dead metres away from the check-post, but policemen made no efforts to chase the assailants, he alleged.
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