Commissioner Karachi Muhammad Iqbal Memon on Tuesday imposed a complete ban on bathing, diving, boating and swimming in the sea/beaches and Hub Canal in the territorial limits of Karachi under Section 144. The ban was imposed on August 2 and will stay effective till August 17.

The decision has been taken in the wake of ongoing torrential rains and high tides caused by the sea.

“The Deputy Commissioners and Assistant Commissioners of Karachi Division are hereby authorised to take action against the violators in coordination with the concerned Senior Superintendents of Police and get the violators booked under section 188 PPC in writing in the concerned Police Stations for the violation of Section 144 Cr. P.C,” says the notification.

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