ISLAMABAD: On Friday, the Capital Administration extended the ban on all kinds of meetings of five or more people, processions, marches and protests for a span of two months at every public location in Islamabad, including the Red Zone.
The prohibition also referred to the use of sound, system, CD/DVD and other media for cassette players to make objectionable/sectarian-related speeches.
In this respect, Deputy Commissioner Mohammad Hamza Shafqaat released separate notices on Friday.
The ban on carrying, showing and demonstrating weapons was also extended, according to the notice.
It was also banned for a period of two months to sell, buy and use fire crackers and fireworks, circulate handbills, pamphlets, conduct wall calking, write slogans and affix posters on the walls.
It was also forbidden to use rough papers, like newspapers with holy words/verses imprinted on them for wrapping/packaging and storing the commodities in any manner and to use loudspeakers, sound amplifiers and sound systems, except for Juma Prayers for Azan and Khutaba.
Another notice prohibited the digging out of stone by blasting and any kind of publication concerning the opening of any housing scheme or the selling of parcels, inviting proposals for the deposit of membership dues or costs of parcels in such housing schemes, without compliance with all legal and codal formalities as provided for in the relevant laws, unless prior approval is obtained from the district office
After learning that some parts of society are preparing to hold illegal gatherings, including majalis and processions that can disturb public peace and tranquilly and bear in mind the present law and order and security situation, the notification said the ban on the meeting was extended.
It added that such practises are a threat to public peace and tranquilly and the preservation of law and order. In addition, the district magistrate was told that certain housing societies, trusts, limited corporations, groups work in Islamabad in a manner not justified by the law relating to it a notice said, adding that they draw the public at large by advertisement.
They request membership either in excess of the land at their disposal or without any land at all it said.