Section 144: Govt fears threats to law and order situation
LAHORE: (Web Desk) The Punjab government has imposed Section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) across the province till February 12, says a notification issued by the Punjab Home Department.
The decision was made amid reports of “threats to the law and order situation” during the upcoming general elections of February 8.
Under Section 144 (power of district administration to issue orders in the public interest), the government may impose a ban on a specific activity for a designated period.
The notification said “there exist threats to law and order situation and public peace” in the province during the February 8 elections.
It said, “In the wake of these elections, a large number of political gatherings, rallies, corner meetings are likely to be held by the contesting candidates and political parties for 141 and 297 seats of the National and provincial assembly, respectively, all over Punjab which may serve as soft targets for any desperate act by terrorists and miscreants.”
It further stated, “The ensuing security milieu demands extraordinary vigilance and extensive security measures to pre-empt any untoward incident, in the larger interest of internal security.”