‘Section 144 imposed in Bannu, no compromise on lockdown violations’

Staff Reporters

The Bannu district administration has imposed Section 144 in the city for a month to control the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Deputy Commissioner Capt (Retd) Zubair Khan Niazi, said that the step has been taken to “prevent danger to human life and disturbance of public peace and tranquility”. The ban will be in effect from May 8 to June 8.

The deputy commissioner has issued the directives that the people can’t sit outside their buildings/houses or shops in groups, social distancing is mandatory and there will be ban on pillion riding and one-wheeling besides ban on the display of weapons.

Government servants have been exempted from the ban on carrying of arms while on duty, the notification said.

People who fail to follow the orders will be punished under Section 188 of the Pakistan Penal Code, he added.

Chief Minister KP Mahmood Khan on Tuesday paid a surprise visit to Hayatabad, Karkhano Market, Jamrud Road and Ring Road without any protocol.

The Chief Minister reviewed the lockdown situation in these areas, implementation of SOPs, cleanliness and traffic situation.

The Chief Minister expressed satisfaction over the lockdown situation in areas other than the Karkhano market.

He expressed his anger over the lockout violation by some shopkeepers in Karkhano Market.

He directed the Directs Deputy Commissioner Peshawar Capt (Retd) Khalid Mehmood to ensure strict implementation of warning and lockdown. He said no compromise on lockdown in the areas would be tolerated.

he rate of positive cases of corona in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has reached 9.3 percent, according to a report issued by the Health Department here on Tuesday.

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