Punjab govt imposes section-144 across province

LAHORE – Punjab government has imposed section-144 across province amid protest rallies by the various outfits.Under section-144, more than four people are not allowed to gather at any place. Cases would be lodged against those carrying out rallies and protesting.On the other hand, Punjab govt has also summoned rangers for the security of sensitive buildings and places.Section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) empowers district administration to issue orders in public interest that may place a ban on an activity for a specific period of time. Such a ban is enforced by the police who register cases under section 188 of the Pakistan Penal Code for violations of the ban. Section 188 carries a maximum penalty of six months in prison or fine or both.

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