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Public gatherings, rallies banned in South Waziristan after army checkpost attack

The local administration has imposed Section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, enforcing a ban on public gatherings and rallies in South Waziristan to maintain law and order situation amid the recent violence in the area.

The district administration, by invoking Section 144 of the CrPC, has banned the display of weapons, aerial firing and carrying guns.

Under Section 144, a gathering of more than five people has been banned and motorists have been instructed to remove tinted windows.

Any violation of rule can lead to action under the imposed section, stated the notification of the district administration.

It is pertinent to mention that polls for 16 seats will be held on July 2 in the tribal districts. Disgruntled candidates have said that weeks before polls, the imposition of Section 144 is not a democratic move.

In North Waziristan, three people were killed and five soldiers injured in a recent clash between security forces and Pashtun Tahaffuz Movement (PTM) protesters. In a separate terrorist attack on a checkpost one soldier was martyred.

An Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) press statement said on Monday that one soldier was martyred as terrorists attacked Makki Garh post in North Waziristan’s Shawal valley.

The ISPR said that troops effectively repulsed the attack, adding that the soldier was martyred during an exchange of fire.