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Interior Minister Rehman Malik briefs media representatives in Islamabad after chairing a high level meeting regarding security during Muharram on Thursday. – Photo by APP

KARACHI: Chief Justice Sindh High Court Mushir Alam late on Thursday overturned a decision of the interior ministry which banned motorcycle riding in Karachi on the occasion of 1st Muharram on Friday, DawnNews reported.

The SHC CJ has ordered the Inspector General (IG) of Sindh police, the Advocate General (AG) Sindh and the home secretary to appear before the court on Friday morning.

The orders came after the CJ SHC was submitted an appeal against Interior Minister Rehman Malik’s announcement of banning motorcycle riding.

The application was submitted by the president Sindh Hight Court Bar Association (SHCBA).

Earlier, speaking to media representatives, Malik had said that due to terrorism threats, based on intelligence reports, no motorcycle will be allowed on the roads of Karachi and Quetta from 6 am to 7 pm on November 16. “No one will be exempted from this ban,” he added.

He said the ministry had intelligence reports that there is a terrorism threat in which motorcycles can be used.

The interior minister also said that displaying weapons in public will also be banned on Friday.

The ministry, in this regard, had also issued shoot at sight orders for those who are found involved in terrorist activities.

Moreover, Rehman Malik said that the government was also considering banning mobile phone services in both the cities and the decision in this regard will be taken on Friday morning.