Pakistan province bans public gathering forward of Imran Khan rally | Imran Khan Information

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Protests and rallies had been prohibited in Lahore for seven days, hours earlier than the ex-PM was scheduled to handle an election rally.

A province in Pakistan has banned public gathering of greater than 4 folks in Lahore for seven days, hours earlier than former Prime Minister Imran Khan was scheduled to handle an election rally within the jap metropolis.

The federal government in Punjab – Pakistan’s most populous province – on Wednesday mentioned the ban was imposed on “holding all types of assemblies, gatherings, sit-ins, rallies, processions, demonstrations, […] protests and such like different actions throughout the district Lahore to avert any untoward incident”, in line with native media stories.

The restrictions got here hours earlier than Khan’s Pakistan Tahreek-e-Insaf (PTI) social gathering was scheduled to carry a rally within the metropolis to kick off its marketing campaign for the Punjab provincial meeting election.

Lahore is the provincial capital of Punjab, the place polls – due on April 30 – had been introduced after the dissolution of the provincial meeting. Khan’s PTI had known as for the dissolution in a bid to power early nationwide elections in Pakistan.

The federal government of his successor, Shehbaz Sharif, has dismissed Khan’s calls for, saying the vote will happen as scheduled later within the 12 months.

The ban on protests and rallies in Lahore additionally got here forward of an “Aurat March” (Girls’s March) to mark Worldwide Girls’s Day.

“Underneath what regulation” is Punjab’s caretaker authorities utilizing “large police violence towards unarmed employees to cease our deliberate rally”, Khan requested in a tweet, calling the federal government order the “regulation of the jungle”.

“The one job of caretakers is to make sure truthful and free elections. What they’re doing is an assault on rule of regulation, our structure and democracy.”

Reporting from Lahore, Al Jazeera’s Kamal Hyder mentioned many PTI supporters have been arrested in Lahore for violating the ban on public gatherings. He mentioned the police additionally fired water cannons and tear gasoline on Khan’s supporters.

“They’ve imposed Part 144 which implies greater than 4 folks can not collect at one place on the similar time,” he mentioned, referring to the colonial-era regulation. “We had been capable of see police vans taking away dozens of supporters who had been chanting in favour of their social gathering chief.”

“Imran Khan’s social gathering supporters have warned that the federal government is making an attempt to create a regulation and order scenario with a view to postpone the Punjab elections,” Hyder added.

Senior PTI chief Fawad Chaudhry tweeted that the ban on protests was “the brand new weapon of the fascist authorities” of Prime Minister Sharif and its “imperialist forces”.

“The folks of Pakistan have at all times fought for his or her rights,” Chaudhry posted.

In April final 12 months, Khan, 70, grew to become the one Pakistani prime minister to be faraway from energy by a no-confidence vote in parliament. He’s going through a slew of circumstances towards him starting from “terrorism” and tried homicide to cash laundering since shedding energy.

Al Jazeera’s Hyder mentioned greater than 70 circumstances have been registered by the ruling coalition towards Khan, calling it a “political vendetta“. He mentioned new circumstances are being introduced towards the PTI chief, with the police in Balochistan province more likely to subject an arrest warrant towards him.

On Tuesday, the Islamabad Excessive Court docket suspended an arrest warrant towards Khan in a case associated to the alleged unlawful buy and sale of items given to him by overseas dignitaries whereas he was in workplace.

A single-judge bench of the courtroom ordered the police to not arrest Khan till March 13. The courtroom additionally ordered the previous premier to seem earlier than the involved courtroom on March 13 within the overseas items case.

Police on Sunday tried to arrest Khan from his residence in Lahore, however the cricketer-turned-politician evaded it.

Khan has been residing in Lahore since November when he was shot within the leg by a gunman throughout a protest rally. Since then, he has solely as soon as travelled to Islamabad – final week – for courtroom appearances in different circumstances towards him.



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