Section 144 imposed across Punjab amid terror alert

Home department cites potential risks of terrorism targeting large public gatherings behind the move

News Desk June 21, 2024


The provincial government enforced Section 144 across Punjab on Friday for a week due to terrorism concerns.

The home department, in a statement, said that the ban had been imposed on public gatherings, rallies, sit-ins, and protests throughout the province until June 27.

The decision aims to uphold law and order, safeguard lives, and protect property, citing potential risks of terrorism targeting large public gatherings.

The statement said that authorities are committed to ensuring strict compliance with these regulations and have initiated efforts to inform the public accordingly.

The province witnessed similar restrictions in January when in response to security threats and concerns regarding the law and order situation during February 8 election campaigns, the Punjab government imposed Section 144 across Punjab.

The government's directive included a ban on the display and carrying of illegal weapons, even those with licenses, with an exception for law enforcement agencies.

Additionally, the practice of aerial firing had been strictly prohibited. A notification issued by the Punjab Home Secretary highlighted potential threats to law and order, public peace, and security during the election period.

Given the extensive political gatherings, rallies, and meetings expected across the province, concerns were raised about these events becoming vulnerable targets for potential acts of terrorism and mischief by miscreants.


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