Islamabad: The Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) Administration on Tuesday imposed Section 144 in the city (to be extended for a period of two months); with the regulation aimed at banning the gathering of five or more people and the open display of firearms, according to news sources.
Section 144 was imposed as a result of the recent law and order situation in the city, and to ensure that peace is maintained in the capital. The administration has assured that it has sufficient grounds for the imposition of Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPc) 1898.
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Under this law, use of any of loudspeakers, sound amplifiers, sound systems (excluding Azan and Friday sermons) is prohibited. Furthermore, stocking, selling and purchasing of firecrackers and fireworks are also banned in the ICT jurisdiction.
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In addition, a separate notification declared that no one (excluding the on-duty officials of armed forces, civil law enforcement agencies, rangers and police) shall carry or display any firearms.