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Bike riding banned in Bajaur over security threat alert

Bike riding banned in Bajaur over security threat alert
February 12, 2018

KHAR, 12 February: Citing security reasons, the political administration of Bajuar agency has imposed complete ban on motorcycle riding in the agency, officials said here on Monday.

As per details, the step has been taken as part of the integrated security measures following intelligence reports about the entrance of an alleged suicide bomber to the agency. The intelligence report said that a potential suicide bomber has entered the agency to target the procession of Kashmir Solidarity Day on February 5.

Official sources informed that security personnel on check posts have been directed to confiscate motorcycles from those who are not honoring the ban. The security personnel have increased checking at different barriers and check posts. Besides, the local administration has also released a sketch of the alleged suicide bomber and announced that anyone giving information about whereabouts of the attacker to the security forces would be given Rs1 million prize.

Meanwhile, local tribesmen have expressed resentment over the ban on motorcycle riding, saying it would further aggravate their woes.

Malik Khan Zeb and Shahab Khan, two notables while talking to TNN said that it was ironic that the administration imposed ban on bike riding only after receiving threat alerts.

“No ban is usually imposed in settled districts even after suicide attacks,” said one elder. “The administration should beef up security measures and increase vigilance instead of banning bike riding,” he added.

“We demand from the government to life ban on the use of motorcycle as it is the most feasible mean of transportation for the public,” said another elder.

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