Section 144 lifted in North & South Waziristan

PESHAWAR—The district administration of North and South Waziristan has lifted section 144 after a period of around one month which was imposed on June 8 after security threats in both districts.

The lifting of section 144 has enabled the candidates to run and to intensify their elections campaign for provincial assembly seats scheduled to be held on July 20.

Deputy Commission and Additional Deputy Commissioner North Waziristan confirmed lifting of Section 144, saying that from today there is no any ban or sanction on holding of public meetings and rallies in connection with election campaign.

Senior Journalist from North Waziristan Haji Mujtaba confirmed lifting of Section 144. Independent candidate Inaam Jan has welcomed the decision.

On the charges of violating Section 144 offices of PPP and ANP raided in both the districts whereas several others including two PTM backed candidates were arrested.

The Election Commission of Pakistan has ordered release of both the candidates on July 1st last.

Meanwhile, the district administration of the Khyber has served all the candidates contesting the elections with security threats alert. They were told to inform the administration a day before holding any public meeting.

Apart from north and south Waziristan, election campaign in other districts is in full swing. Couple of days back, PPP co chairperson Bilawal Bhutto Zardari had addressed a rally in Mohmand.

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