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ISLAMABAD: The capital administration has banned religious and sectarian processions and demonstration in the capital for the next two months, sources told Dawn.

The ban was imposed by the administration last month after it was brought to its knowledge that certain segments of the society were planning to organise unlawful assemblies including majalis/processions, and religious and sectarian demonstrations.

The district magistrate retired Capt Mushtaq Ahmed issued a notification prohibiting all kinds of gatherings of five or more people, processions, rallies and demonstrations at any public place in the capital, including the Red Zone, the sources stated.

Such activities can disrupt public peace and tranquility and endanger human lives, pose a threat to public property and may lead to rioting within the capital.

Keeping in view the current law and order and security environment, it is necessary to keep a check on such illegal activities which pose a threat to public peace.

Earlier this month, the capital administration had started keeping an eye on organisations either proscribed or watch-listed as they were found active in the city.

It also asked all the assistant commissioners of the capital to maintain a liaison with the police to curb the activities of the outfits, including fundraising.

The step was taken after it was brought to its knowledge that these outfits were raising funds by putting boxes in markets and other places, besides holding events, advertising and displaying banners.

The outfits were also found involved in social, political, welfare and religious activities in the capital.

Besides, the district magistrate has also imposed a ban on the use of cassette players sound systems, CD and DVD player and other mediums for making objectionable, sectarian-related speeches and sermons at any place in the capital.

The ban has been imposed for two months, they added.

Published in Dawn, January 18th, 2018

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