LAHORE - A ban has been imposed on the flying/use of drones, remote controlled model aircraft, flying cameras, quad copters, helicam and balloons for all types of aerial media coverage and sports activities under section 144 CrPC throughout the province.

The orders of Home Secretary Punjab will come into force immediately and will be applicable up to November 17.

Meanwhile, ban has also been imposed on pillion ridding on Muharram 9 and 10 throughout the province. According to a notification issued by Home Secretary Punjab, a ban has been imposed on pillion ridding on motorcycle and scooter under section 144 CrPC. This ban will be applicable on Muharram 9 and 10, October 23 and 24.

The step has been taken as part of Muharram security measures.

Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif directed the Cabinet Committee on Law and Order a couple of days ago to be vigilent during the holy month. Shahbaz ordered strict implementation of the code of conduct framed for ensuring peace and nab the nefarious elements and their facilitators in the province.

The CM also required the Cabinet Committee to meet regularly to make sure that the Code is being strictly carried out.

He laid stress on promoting brotherhood and religious harmony while directing the authorities concerned not to leave any stone unturned to maintain peace.

He said no negligence will be tolerated as the country was plagued by extremism and the enemy can cash in on the situation.

“We will foil evil designs of the enemy with the force of unity,” he added.

“Islam teaches patience and tolerance. Pakistan belongs to us, therefore, we need to forge unity. The unity is a must to maintain peace and fight off enemy.” He said law and order is the top most priority of the government as such life and property of the citizens is being protected through even better security measures than the previous years.

Given the existing situation, he said, all concerned departments must be on their toes and utilize all energies for taking emergent and foolproof security arrangements.

The Chief Minister said that complete implementation of the security plan evolved for the protection of Majalis and processions should be ensured and additional police force should be deployed at mosques, Imambargahs and other worship places.

He directed that ban on provocative material and literature should be implemented strictly and action should be taken against the violators as per law. Similarly, ban on displaying arms should be implemented effectively, he added.

Shahbaz said indiscriminate action should be taken against those violating wall chalking and delivering provocative speeches. He said that observance of timings and routes of processions should be ensured at every cost.

The CM asked senior police officers to move along the processions and keep their routes tidy. He warned that violation of code of conduct will not be tolerated at any cost. He directed that law enforcement agencies should keep close liaison and the report of moment to moment regarding law and order situation should be obtained all over the province in the central control room.

He said that all necessary equipments and machinery should be functional at every cost. He said that members of peace committees at provincial, divisional, district and tehsil level should perform their duties efficiently.

Secretary Home gave a briefing about the steps taken for implementation of security plan evolved for maintenance for law and order.