Section 144 Imposed in Pakistan’s Lahore after Terror Threats

Guwahati: The caretaker government of Punjab province in Pakistan imposed Section 144 in Lahore for seven days in response to protests and rallies by the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI).

According to the notification, the caretaker government had implemented Section 144 in three parts of Lahore for the following seven days.

All types of corner meetings, jalsas, public gatherings, and congregations are forbidden in these regions under Section 144.

The situation changed as a result of Deputy Commissioner Lahore’s request to impose the section in a letter to the interim Punjab government.

It is important to note that PTI Leader Imran Khan presented the Prison Bharo Tehreek timetable to the public during his broadcast speech.

Details indicate that from February 22 through March 1st, 200 PTI employees and a group of six former and current MNAs will present themselves for arrest every day. The party workers and members will occupy that space if they are not arrested.

PTI employees will fill the jails on Shahrah-e-Quaid-e-Azam on February 22, Peshawar employees will report for arrest on February 23, Rawalpindi employees on February 24, Multan employees on February 25, and Gujranwala employees on February 26, respectively. Whereas on February 27, 28, and March 1st, labourers from Sargodha, Sahiwal, and Faisalabad.

Earlier, Khan said, “We will fill jails, they [authorities] will have no space left to hide.”

Khan stated that the police broke into the residences of PTI workers in Multan and were instructed to use such frightening techniques, and blamed the current coalition government for its “political persecution” of his party leaders and sympathisers.

Khan stated that “They want to enslave us by threatening to put us in bars” in his broadcast speech. Khan has been living in Lahore’s Zaman Park neighbourhood since getting shot in the legs on November 3 of last year.

Following the filing of sedition charges against several of his party’s leaders, including Fawad Chaudhry, Azam Swati, and Shahbaz Gill, Imran Khan declared “Jail Bharo Tehreek” on February 4 and urged PTI members and supporters to get ready to march across the nation.

The interim government is strongly against the PTI, he added.

The Punjab provincial assembly (PA) in Pakistan was dissolved earlier in January as a result of the governor, Baligh Ur Rehman, declaring that he would not participate in the process.

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