Following demonstrations held in the area on Tuesday after the arrest of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader and former Prime Minister Imran Khan in the Al-Qadir Trust case, the governments of Punjab and Balochistan took steps to enforce Section 144 in their respective provinces.
Rangers have been brought in by the interim administration, and cellular and internet services in the province have been suspended.
Decisions were taken in response to the law and order situation across the province during a meeting of the Provincial Intelligence Committee, which was presided over by the Additional Chief Secretary of the Home Department.
In the capital region, Section 144 was also put into effect by the Islamabad government.
Mohsin Naqvi, the interim chief minister of Punjab, sharply denounced the recent actions taken by PTI members, and the attacks on military and law enforcement installations across many towns. Following Imran Khan’s arrest, violent events occurred in a number of locations.
Vehicles were set on fire, infrastructure was damaged, and law enforcement officers clashed with protesters.
In a statement, the chief minister, Mohsin Naqvi, strongly condemned these occurrences and labelled them terrorist activities that put the country’s stability and security at risk.
Such violence, he emphasised, has no place.
Chief Minister Mohsin Naqvi claimed in a tweet that “this is pure terrorism; I want to make it clear that this is not politics.” “We will not spare a single individual implicated in this assault on the state of Pakistan, I pledge the public. Justice will be carried out, and the rule of law will triumph.”