The notification No. 1(1)-HC(G)/2016 issued by Office of the District Magistrate, Islamabad Capital Territory dated 27th October, 2016prohibits all kind of gatherings of five or more persons within the territorial limits of District Islamabad. In order to provide clarity to the extant policy directives contained in the said notification, it is reproduced in its original text below:-
WHEREAS, it has been brought to appear before me that certain segments of society are planning to organize unlawful assemblies including Majalis/Processions within the jurisdiction of Islamabad Capital Territory which can disrupt public place and tranquility and keeping in view the current law & order and security environment, it is necessary to control such types of illegal activities which present a threat to public peace, tranquility and maintenance of law & order.
AND WHEREAS, based on these reports, certain segments of public are planning to take out processing including religious/sectarian processions and to stage demonstrations in Islamabad
Capital Territory which are likely to threaten public peace and tranquility, cause public annoyance or injury, endanger human life and safety, pose a threat to public property and may lead to a riot or any affray including sectarian riot within the revenue/territorial limits of district Islamabad.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, CAPT (R) MUSHTAQ AHMED, DISTRICT MAGISTRATE, ISLAMABAD in exercise of powers conferred on me undersection 144 Cr. PC 1898do hereby prohibit all kinds of gatherings of 5 (Five) or more persons, processions/rallies and demonstrations at any public place within the Revenues Limits of District Islamabad, including the Red Zone (comprising area west from the intersection of 3rd Avenue and Murree Road including new Embassy of China Area South of University Road up to the 4th Avenue, area South of Khayaban-e-Iqbal from 4th Avenue upto Ata Turk Avenue, Area East of Ata Turk Avenue upto Jinnah Avenue, Area East of Embassy Road upto Shahrah-e-Suhurwardy, Area North of Shahrah-e-Suhurwardy upto Serena Chowk, Area North of Dhokri Chowk (Convention Center Chowk on Kashmir Highway) upto intersection of Murree Road and 3rd Avenue)
This order shall come into force with immediate effect and shall remain in force for a period ofTWO MONTHS
NOTWITHSTANDING the expiry of this order, everything done, action taken, obligation, liability, penalty or punishment incurred, investigations, enquiry or proceedings pending against the offenders in the Court of Magistrates having powers under the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1898 for violation of the order, shall be implemented as if this order has not expired.
The above mentioned decision will take immediate effect.
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