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ISLAMABAD: Islamabad District Administration has imposed a ban on pillion riding in Islamabad for the next two months.
The ban has been imposed under Section 144.
This initiative has been taken to ensure security during the month of Muharram-ul-Haram.
The administration has also imposed ban on wall chalking, distribution of posters and pamphlets and hate speech for a period of two months.
Muharram-ul-Haram, the first month of the next Islamic lunar calendar, is likely to begin on September 12, according to Pakistan Meteorological Department.
As per Abdul Rashid, director at the PMD Climate Data Processing Centre “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.”
Central Ruet-i-Hilal Committee will meet on September 10 to sight the Muharram moon and collect the countrywide evidences of the sighting of the new Hijri year 1440 AH’s moon.
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.
The committee will be 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.