The Ministry of Law, Justice and Human Rights is working on a draft law proposed by Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) administration with a view to banning gatherings/protests inside the high security zone with the objective of countering Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s (PTI) call for a mammoth public gathering on November 30.
“Following the recommendations of Islamabad police, the ICT administration has drafted the ‘The Establishment of High Security Zone, 2014 Ordinance, to protect the key installations located in the designated area’, and send it to the Law Ministry through Ministry of Interior, for promulgation as an ordinance,” said a senior police official. He said the Ministry of Law is giving final touches to the draft ordinance and the President may promulgate it before November 30.
He said all kinds of public gatherings and protests will be banned inside the Red Zone. According to the draft of the ordinance, the High Security Zone includes any place, road, or building premises which the chief commissioner ICT notifies in the official gazette as high security zone. The entry of five or more persons in Red Zone is prohibited in order to protect the key installations located in the High Security Zone.
According to the proposed draft, a key installation is defined as building(s) located in Red Zone including Presidency, Prime Minister’s Secretariat, Prime Minister’s House, Pak Secretariat, Cabinet Secretariat, Pak Secretariat, Parliament House, Supreme Court of Pakistan, Judicial Colony, Federal Shariat Court, Wafaqi Mohtasib, Federal Board of Revenue (FBR), Radio Pakistan, Foreign Office, Pakistan Televion (PTV), Diplomatic Enclave, Balochistan House, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) House, Punjab House, Sindh House and any other building, installation, premise, notified by the deputy commissioner of Islamabad will be considered as key installations. Private buildings in the high security zone include Marriott Hotel and Serena Hotel. Under the proposed law, permission to enter high security zone to a person who is not a resident, worker or official visitor will be given by the Superintendent of Police (SP) or Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) of the ICT police nominated by the Inspector General of Police (IGP) for this purpose.
The law proposes a six-month prison term and a minimum fine of Rs 10000 for those who try to enter high security zone illegally. The law also proposes an imprisonment of three years or fines up to Rs 50,000, or both for people who enter high security zone while carrying weapons or instruments that may be a threat to peace.
SOURCE: RECORDER REPORT