Section 144 imposed in Lahore for seven days
Punjab Home Ministry bans public gatherings, rallies in Lahore
Punjab Home Department imposed Section 144 banning public rallies ahead of the PTI’s election rally and Aurat March scheduled on Wednesday.
According to a notification issued by the Punjab Home Department, a ban has been imposed on the protests, sit-ins and demonstrations.
The ban will be implemented from Wednesday (today).
The ban has been enforced keeping in view the traffic and worsening security situation in the city.
the Home Department in the notification maintained that number of rallies and protests are held therein on daily basis at different places in Lahore, which not only pose serious security threats but also disrupt traffic and cause inconvenience to the public at large.
“Hence, in the context of the prevailing overall security situation in the wake of the recent wave of terrorism and latest threat alerts, it has been necessary to impose Section 144 of Cr. P.C, 1898 on holding of all kinds of assemblies, gatherings, sits-in, rallies, processions, demonstrations, jalsas, dharnas, protests and such like other activities across the district Lahore to avert any untoward incident,” the notification added issued by Additional Chief Secretary (Home) Shakeel Ahmed.
“Due to prevailing threats, it is essential to ensure the security of the people and installations/buildings against any potential terrorist or untoward activity, in the larger interest of public safety, security, peace and tranquillity,” read the notification.