Section 144 imposed in twin cities on Qadri's arrival

ISLAMABAD - District Administration Authorities on Sunday imposed Section 144 in twin cities, prohibiting the gathering of more than four persons and ban on pillion riding, police sources said.

According to ICT administration sources, section 144 will remain effective in the city. Pillion riding has also been banned in the city and mobile services may be suspended in Islamabad and Rawalpindi, according to sources. Meanwhile security at the airport has been tightened further while Section 144 would remain in Rawalpindi till Tuesday 12:00pm. District Coordination Officer (DCO) Rawalpindi Sajid Zafar Dal imposed Section 144 in the city, despite PAT workers' earlier threat to stage a sit-in outside the airport and in Islamabad if the government did not allow them to hold public meeting and carry out a rally from the garrison city to Lahore.

The City District Government Rawalpindi (CDGR) said that the steps were being taken not to stop the arrival of PAT chief Dr Tahurul Qadri but to protect Dr Qadri and his activists due to the threats received of an imminent terror attack in the city. Airport Security Force (ASF) personnel, police elite force and Rangers personnel were deployed at Islamabad airport whereas no camp was allowed to be set up near the airport and its surroundings. 

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