LAHORE, Pakistan: The Punjab government has imposed Section 144 through the province for one week in an apparent attempt to halt possible protests against arrest of Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) leader Khadim Rizvi.
In this regard, the Additional Chief Secretary Interior issued a notification on Saturday (November 24, 2018), which states that Section 144 will remain imposed across Punjab till December 1.
Under Section 144, gathering of four to five people and holding of any procession or rallies have been banned.
Likewise, display and usage of all kinds of weapons have also been banned in Punjab till that period.
The initiative has been taken to avoid any untoward situation and possible protests against the custody of TLP leader Khadim Hussain Rizvi.
Last night, the Punjab police took Khadim Rizvi into protective custody from Lahore and shifted him to a guest house.
Though a crackdown against TLP activists had already been continuing across the Country after some of them resorted to violence and inflicted damage to public properties during the three-day sit-in earlier this month.
However, last night’s crackdown and arrest of 95 persons including Khadim Rizvi took place under 03-MPO to halt the TLP’s plan of holding another public gathering in Rawalpindi on November 25 for Khatm-e-Nabuwwat Martyrs.
After Khadim Rizvi’s arrest, the TLP Chief Pir Mohammad Afzal Qadri called for countrywide protests.
پیشوائے اہلسنت پیر محمد افضل قادری صاحب کا اہم پیغام کارکنان و ذمہ داران کے نام
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— TLP Media official (@TlpMediaReal) November 23, 2018