Imran reminded rallies are banned in Islamabad

ISLAMABAD (DNA): Chief Commissioner, Islamabad, Mujahid Sherdil, has reminded PTI chief, Imran Khan that “all public gatherings and rallies are banned” in Islamabad “due to precarious security environment.”

The commissioner in a letter to Imran Khan said the administration has not received any request from the PTI to hold public meeting in the capital.

He said permission for any gathering is a must to ensure security for the residents of Islamabad, their property and participants of the rally.

The letter was sent to Imran Khan on August 11 and the police said PTI has not yet replied to the letter.

Following is the text of the letter:

“This is with reference to the open source information regarding rally of PTI at ICT scheduled for 14th August, 2014. It is intimated that due to precarious security environment, under section 144 CRPC imposed in Islamabad Capital Territory, all public gatherings and rallies are banned.

Therefore any public event requires prior coordination and permission for necessary security arrangements and relaxation of section 144 Cr. P.C from the District Magistrate of ICT. So far ICT administration have neither received any request from PTI to hold any public event in ICT nor has such a permission being given under the law.

Your Party’s input is essential for the ICT administration to ensure effective arrangements for the safety of residents of the ICT and the participants of the rally.

Furthermore considering the expected inflow of participants of the rally into ICT, it is imperative for the ICT administration to ensure timely arrangements for traffic and security of public and private property, peace and tranquilly of the masses at large as well as participants of any event.

Without prejudice to the ICT’s decision regarding relaxation of Section 144 Cr. P.C presently invoked in ICT by the District Magistrate, you are requested to direct your party to interact with the ICT administration so that the very serious and fragile security situation (particularly with reference to ongoing Zarb-e-Azb operation) should be thoroughly thrashed out.

Needless to say that ensuring and safeguarding public life and property is obligatory not only on the administration but also all responsible political parties and law abiding citizens of Pakistan.”

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