Sikh community exempt from helmet laws in Peshawar
Peshawar: Pakistan is recognizing the importance of Sikhs in the Muslim-major country. The Sikh community has been exempted from helmet laws in Peshawar. They have been granted exemption due to their religious head-dress.
Minority member, Sardar Ranjeet Singh raised the issue in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa assembly. The assembly passed the bill, following which the Peshawar police allowed the exemption. Peshawar SSP of Traffic, Kashif Zulfiqar, has assured that full cooperation will be given to the Sikh Community.
According to the media reports, more than 60,000 Sikhs live in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa. More than 15,000 Sikhs live in Peshawar.
The City Traffic Police Lahore (CTPL) launched a campaign in Lahore to clamp down on helmetless riders in September. By the end of the month, the CTPL had issued over 58,066 tickets to motorcyclists who do not use helmets.
After the CTPL campaign, the prices of the helmets rose. Earlier the price of helmets was between Rs 400 and Rs 500. After the campaign, the price jumped up to between Rs 1000 and Rs 1500.
Earlier in the year, Pakistan became the first country to give legal status to the Sikh marriages. Pakistan is giving a lot of good news to the Sikh community.