New Year night celebrations marred

KARACHI - The Sindh government on Tuesday issued notification to impose ban on pillion riding, aerial firing, silencer-less bikes, one-wheeling and the use of weapons on New Year 2014 occasion.
All routes to Sea View were blocked on December 31st while shops, markets, petrol pumps and hotels located on these routes will also be closed.
According to notification issued here, ban on pillion riding will come into effect from 6 pm Tuesday night and will stay in place till 6 am on Wednesday (today).
All 22 roads heading toward sea and beaches had been blocked by the police.
Meanwhile, a large number of motorists were trapped in traffic jams on roads in many parts of Karachi while the police sealed all routes of Clifton, leading to Sea view on Tuesday.
A large number of Karachi residents especially youth rush towards Sea view area of Clifton to celebrate new year's arrival.
The police have made special arrangements this time and installed fences on key link roads of Clifton to stop the youths and New Year celebrators at different check posts.
The traffic police disappeared from key roads that caused severe traffic jams in many parts of the City.
The motorists are trapped in their vehicles and they are unable to move freely.
In Islamabad following the directives of Federal Interior Minister police and administration of Islamabad Capitol Territory spoiled party-laden fun in all major hotels of the City, on the eve of New Year.
Party-loving nationals and foreigners launched their strongest protests over the ban, creating emergency-like situation in hotels at Tuesday evening when preparations for these parties were in full swing.
Police and administration officials informed that all previously granted NOCs for holding New Year parties had been annulled, and all those defying the ban would be arrested.
All sponsors and parties arrangers have voiced their strong protest over banning of NOCs they had acquired way before the New Year events. "It seems that government is trying to appease extremist, Taliban elements, while such a move following the directives of a Minister would not leave a good, encouraging impression on foreigners , who could also be discouraged regarding their investments here," they stated.

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