Pillion Riding and Target Killing - BY: Col. Riaz Jafri (Retd)

LETTER TO EDITOR

June 24th, 2016

Pillion Riding and Target Killing

The serpent of target killing has risen its deadly head once again this time killing a renowned qawwal Amjad Sabri. The killers on two motorbikes made their escape good as usual and probably would never be tracked down like scores of them before. It is a too well-known phenomenon that 99.9 per cent of all such target killing is done by the killers on a motorbike. There are always two of them riding together, one doing the shooting and the other driving the bike. Since a motorbike is a small, handy and extremely maneuverable vehicle the killers weave their way through the heavy traffic and vanish in the nearby alleys /bye lanes easily.

One just wonders as to why such a simple fact is not being understood by the law enforcing authorities and the Pillion Riding is not banned in cities where required. I know it would be hard on many and to ease it to some extent children under 12 and the ladies without veils could be exempted from such a ban. Only two male adults should not be allowed to ride on a motorbike together. As I said it will cause inconvenience to many and quite an uproar could come from the commuters, but at times one has to take the bitter pill to eradicate the bigger menace.

For the information of all during the pre-partitioned and even in the early days of Pakistan ‘doubling’ on a bicycle was an offence and strictly enforced too. None raised any objection to it. So, my dear law enforcing whiz kids, ban the pillion riding and save many a family from ruination. You ban it anyway on certain religious and other occasions. Why not do it for good? Life is much more precious and important than the pillion riding convenience afforded to a few.

Anyone listening?!!!

Col. Riaz Jafri (Retd)

Posted on Jun 27, 16 | 8:05 am