The district administration of Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) has imposed Section 144 in the federal capital for a period of two months with immediate effect. According to a notification, the additional district magistrate ICT prohibited all kinds of gatherings of five or more persons, processions, and rallies at any public place within the limits of district Islamabad, including the Red Zone, by invoking Section 144 of CrPC (criminal procedure code). The notification said that certain segments of society were planning to organise unlawful assemblies including processions within the jurisdiction of ICT which would disrupt public places and endanger human life and safety. This would pose a threat to public property and could lead to a riot or an affray including a sectarian riot within the ICT, it added. It said immediate prevention and speedy remedy were required, and directions appearing were necessary to protect public life and property.