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Pillion riding banned in Farah amid complaints

Security & Crime


Pillion riding banned in Farah amid complaints

Jul 17, 2018 - 17:02

FARAH CITY (Pajhwok): Pillion riding on motorcyclists has been banned in the capital of western Farah province to curb targeted killings, officials said on Tuesday.

The ban comes after at least seven military and civil officers were killed by motorcyclists in Farah City within past 10 days, with the attackers fleeing safely.

However, a number of Farah City residents were not happy with the ban as they said security officials should adopt other measures for improving security and should not create problems for people.

Abdul Hadi, a resident of Farah city said: “What should we the poor people do? The government even does not let us live. Talibaninfo-icon militants enter the city and kill their target and then flee, should civilians bear the brunt for that?”

He said not everyone in Farah City could afford to buy a motorcycle and therefor people were obligated to use one motorcycle for two people.

Banning pillion riding would not help improve security, but would rather widen the gap between the government and the public, he said.

Mohammad Ismail, another resident, also said it was not a good idea to ban pillion bike riding. The Afghan intelligence forces should instead improve their performance to prevent security incidents.

However, Mohibullah Mohib, Farah police spokesman, said the move was effective in improving Farah City security and they were able to capture two persons involved in terror activities over the last two days.

Mohib said it was a temporary decision and would continue until the situation in Farah city improved.


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