KARACHI: The Sindh government on Friday banned pillion-ridding across the province for three days as part of its measures to provide foolproof security to Muharram processions and gatherings.
According to a notification put out by the provincial home department, a ban on pillion-riding will commence on the eighth of Muharram-ul-Harram and end on 10th of the month.
A ban has also been placed on public display of weapons and the use of loudspeakers without permission, according to the notification.
Muharram-ul-Haram, the first month of the next Islamic lunar calendar, is likely to begin on September 12, according to Pakistan Meteorological Department.
If the Muharram month begins on Sep 12, then Ashura, which marks the martyrdom of Hazrat Imam Hussain on Muharram 10, will fall on September 22.
Central Ruet-i-Hilal Committee will meet on September 10 to sight the Muharram moon and examine the countrywide evidence of the sighting of the new Hijri year 1440 AH’s moon.
The committee is assisted by the PMD, Pakistan Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission, and Pakistan Navy. According to Abdul Rashid, director at the PMD Climate Data Processing Centre, the new moon of Muharram 1440 AH will be born on crossing conjunction point at 23:02 PST on September 9, 2018.
“According to astronomical parameters, there is a slight chance of the sighting of the moon of Muharram on the evening of September 10, 2018, i.e. on 29th of Zilhij 1439 AH,” he said.