LAHORE - The Punjab government on Friday announced policy for restricting and regulating rallies, processions and demonstrations on The Mall to avoid suspension of business activities.

Under the policy, the authorities concerned have been directed that bye-laws notified by the district administration under Local Government Ordinance 2001 to regulate protest processions and rallies be enforced while processions and protests, depending upon size be allowed at Nasir Bagh and Attique Stadium.

The district government would however designate any other appropriate open space for the purpose to meet emergent situation. Similarly, the Secretary Provincial Assembly would designate assembly staff as representative, who would go to Nasir Bagh in coordination with district administration to receive petitions from protesters. On need basis, the district administration would provide transport to a limited number of 10-15 persons selected as representatives of protestors to take them to the Provincial Assembly Secretariat and bring them back to Nasir Bagh. The CCPO and CTO would ensure that the vehicle carrying the representatives of protestors is escorted to the Provincial Assembly and back to Nasir Bagh.

Protests and processions organised without permission and in violation of law would be video recorded by police. Maximum restraint would be exercised in the use of force, if such protests and processions are peaceful but legal action would be initiated against violators under relevant provision of law by the concerned SHO without delay. The district administration, police and The Mall Traders Association would continue building consensus on restricting protests and processions on The Mall.