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Islamabad High Court bars police from harassing Careem officials

Islamabad High Court has banned the capital’s police and administration from harassing the Careem petitioners, searching and shutting their offices or confiscating any vehicle of the concerned companies’ employees.

Earlier, nearly a month ago, Sindh Government and Punjab Transport Authority had issued orders demanding a ban on the services of Uber and Careem, but the ban was soon lifted. It seems that the police in federal capital is still following the previous orders.

In response to the petition filed by Careem, Justice Athar Minaullah of Islamabad High Court commanded that a committee should be formed under the supervision of Islamabad Chief Commissioner along with a member each from Careem, Islamabad Regional Transport Authority (IRTA), Islamabad Traffic Police (ITP) and Islamabad Police (IP) to counter the situation.

The committee, after taking in a proposal from Careem, will decide how to regulate ride sharing platforms. The report will have to be submitted after a month.

In the petition filed, Careem has claimed that the company has been operating in the country since October 2015 and it does not include in the category of a rent-a-car or taxi service as they do not own or lease cars and neither does it employ drivers. Furthermore, Careem only operates via app through which the passengers coordinate with drivers.

The decision regarding the impending case will be taken in a month or so.

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