Magistrate tells Imran Khan: Lockdown of Islamabad not allowed

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SLAMABAD, Oct 28 (APP): District Magistrate Islamabad in a letter to Pakistan Tehreek-i- Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan on Friday conveyed that lockdown of Islamabad was not permissible as it would deprive the citizens of their fundamental rights.
Magistrate Capt ® Mushtaq Ahmad told Imran Khan that it has been brought to his notice that the political party under his command is
planning to lockdown and block entry and exit points and the movements inside the Islamabad Capital Territory.
He said a number of residents of Islamabad approached the Islamabad High Court by way of Constitutional Petitions for protection of their fundamental rights.
They feel threatened of unlawful assemblies and anticipated lockdown most likely to result in disturbance of normal life of residents of Federal Capital, he stated, adding their concerns are more particularly reflected in their pleadings and the consequential orders passed by the High
Court.
The magistrate said the government is cognizant and alert to ensure their fundamental rights including the right of security of citizens and their assets, the right of freedom of movement, the right of freedom of trade, business or profession, the right to education and health, right to enjoy quality life and basic amenities of life including civic services.
The planned activity is also a serious threat to public peace and
tranquility. Therefore, necessary restrictions have been imposed in accordance with law in terms of Section 144 CrPC. The state
respects the fundamental rights of association, speech and expression subject to reasonable restrictions imposed by law.
To facilitate the lawful political gathering and protests, if any, a designated place duly notified by the Capital Development Authority as Democracy and Speech Corner vide its notification dated November 6, 2015 is available as sanctified by the orders of the high court.
Needless to reiterate that ensuring and safeguarding public life and property is obligatory not only on the administration but also on all political parties and law abiding citizens.
Hence, any violation of law or threat to the peace and tranquility in
Islamabad will not be allowed.”
In another letter, District Magistrate told Chief Coordinator Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) that some PTI leaders and parliamentarians were violating law by moving with armed guards in the jurisdiction of Islamabad.
The magistrate wrote to Chief Coordinator PTI Col ® Yunus Ali that Section 144 had been imposed to prohibit all kinds of gatherings of five or more persons, processions and rallies and demonstrations at any public place within the revenue limits of district Islamabad.
Section 144 also prohibits the use of loudspeakers, sound amplifiers and sound systems – except for Azan and Khutba for Jumma prayers – within Islamabad. Furthermore, Section 144 also bans display and carrying of arms.
The letter said the leaders and workers of PTI were organizing rallies, processions and gatherings to stage demonstrations causing public annoyance and threat to public property in complete violation of Section 144 enforced.
They were also planning to use loudspeakers and sound systems disturbing public peace within Islamabad in violation of Section 144 enforced.
The government had enforced Section 144 to ensure fundamental rights.
“You are requested to abide by the law and instruct your leaders and workers not to violate Section 144 enforced.
Needless to reiterate that ensuring and safeguarding public life and property is not only obligatory to the administration but also on all political parties and law abiding citizens.”
Earlier in the day, District Coordination Officer (DCO), Rawalpindi
had also not granted permission for holding of public meeting at
Lal Haveli in Rawalpindi on Friday evening in view of prevailing security and law and order reports from the law enforcement agencies.