The authorities in Pakistan have announced a new ban on Afghan nationals to visit Peshawar city as the country is busy taking security precautions for the Day of Ashura.

The latest move is apparently aimed at maintiang law and order in Peshawar city, the provincial capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.

According to the local media reports, Peshawar’s district administration has barred Afghan nationals from entering the provincial capital while people have been prohibited from standing on rooftops along the procession routes and Imambargahs for 10 days.

The ban was imposed by Peshawar’s Deputy Commissioner Dr Imran Hamid Shaikh through a notification issued on Tuesday, according to The News.

This comes as numerous incidents involving attacks on Shi’ite targets during the Ashura Day by the extremist groups have been reported in the past years.

The authorities in Pakistan beef up security during the first ten days of Muharram in a bid to prevent violence and possible attacks.