LAHORE:The implementation of Section 144 has been extended for days in the Punjab province on Friday.

The interim provincial government enforced Section 144 across Punjab on May 9 for two days following the rising unrest after the arrest of former prime minister and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan in the Al-Qadir Trust case.

After the lapse of two days, the home department extended Section 144 for four more days to deal with any untoward incidents in Punjab to deal with likely protests, and demonstrations which can disrupt traffic, and cause inconvenience to the public.

The imposition of Section 144 is a response to escalating unrest and a measure to maintain law and order after reports of arson and violent protests from different parts of the province.

“There is also a history of terrorist activities in the rallies/protests, wherein, a number of police officials and civilians embraced shahadat.