The Sindh government’s latest effort and strategy to ostensibly curb street crime and target killing in Karachi, comes in the form of a ban on pillion riding. Following an attack on a polio team in Karachi, the Sindh government has again imposed a three-day ban, on pillion riding. This is the second time in two weeks that the Sindh government has enforced this ban. Important to mention is that killing in the city did not stop despite the ban during 2009 and 2010. This ban has been imposed time and again in order to improve law and order situation but the state of affairs in Karachi have gone from bad to worse. Millions of middle class and poor use motorbikes to get to workplaces, transport children to schools, colleges, universities and carry out other daily chores. According to data there are over 1.5 million registered motorcycles, which carry over two million commuters daily. This ban overlooks the major inconvenience, caused to a sizeable chunk of Karachi’s commuting population, who use motorcycles as such decisions has leave the citizens at the mercy of the ‘Transport Mafia.’

I would like to ask the authorities, why ordinary people, are being punished for a problem that should be resolved by better policing and law enforcement? Both the police and rangers have failed. What the Sindh government, in all its ignorance, is saying, is lets punish the tens of thousands poor of the nation. While they fail to curb crime, all they achieve is making life more difficult.


Karachi, January 27.