Section 144 Imposed In Islamabad & Parts Of Country After Violent Protests

The local authorities in the federal capital and three provinces have invoked section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Cod (CrPC) to ban protest demonstrations following the eruption of violent protests across the country.

The section was imposed after deteriorating law and order situation in major parts of the country following a supreme court verdict that acquitted blasphemy accused Asia Bibi.

Deputy Commissioner Islamabad Hamza Shafqaat took to twitter to announce the decision.

“Section 144 imposed in Islamabad till 16th of November,” Shafqaat tweeted with an official letter embedded that showed signing date of the previous month.

He was asked by the followers to update the document. However, the DC Islamabad maintained that the call was taken two months back for two months and it will remain as so.

“This is the correct version. It was imposed on 16th September till 16th November for two months. As of now any assembly of more than four persons is not allowed,” Hamza Shafqaat explained.

Section 144 in Punjab, Sindh & Balochistan

A similar step was taken by the governments of Punjab, Sindh and Balochistan to control the law and order situation.

The section in Punjab will remain into effect till November 10, said the official notification.

As per a notification from Balochistan government, seven cities of the province including the capital Quetta will remain under section 144 till November 7.

The government of Sindh, under section 144, has banned carrying arms, gathering more than four people, pillion riding and taking out rallies across the province until November 10.

“The Section 144 in the province in light of the “constant threat alerts regarding possible terrorist activities,” the notification said.

What is Section 144?

It is a subsection of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) that empowers a district administration to prohibit an assembly of more than four people in an area. It also allows the administration to issue orders in public interest that may place a ban on an activity for a specific period of time.