KARACHI: The Sindh Home Department has banned carrying and display of any kind of arms at public places in the province.
According to the provincial government, the ban has been imposed on an immediate basis, invoking Section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) and violators will be penalized by the police under Section 188 of the Pakistan Penal Code (PPC).
The ban has been imposed 10 days before the General Election 2018 scheduled for July 25.
The notification read that the Services, General Administration and Coordination Department has conveyed that the chief secretary passed orders during a meeting held on June 30, wherein he instructed to impose a ban on carrying weapons and holding of public gatherings around polling stations throughout the province as there is a likelihood that vested interest groups or disgruntled elements may disrupt the election process.
Strict action will be taken against those found violating the ban, it added.
In pursuance of Section 195 (i) (a) of CrPC, the station house officers of the police stations concerned were authorized to register complaints under Section 188 of PPC for violation of Section 144 of CrPC against the violators.
Besides, Sindh Chief Secretary Major (retd) Azam Suleman Khan has said that the government had released over Rs one billion for the provision of necessary facilities at all polling stations in the province.
Last week while addressing a press conference, Director General Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) Major General Asif Ghafoor said that on polling day, troops will be stationed both inside and outside the polling stations.
It was informed to a delegation that some 20,000 CCTV cameras were being installed to monitor law and order situation at 5,673 polling stations that had been declared sensitive over security concerns.
Two security officials will be present inside and two outside 20,831 ‘sensitive’ polling stations, the DG ISPR said, while deployment will be lower at non-sensitive polling stations.