PTI Workers Attack on Corps Commander House Lahore: Protesters set fire

What action can be taken against vandals in Lahore Corps Commander House Cantonment areas and General Headquarter GHQ

Protesters outside and inside the Corps Commander House in Lahore Cantt.

Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has announced to continue the peaceful protests across the country until the release of former PM Imran Khan. While scenes like arson & vandalism of important buildings were witnessed during the protest held yesterday immediately after his arrest. found.

The situation seemed tense yesterday when angry protesters started targeting Army properties. Such as the Pakistan Army headquarters. Corps Commander House Lahore and GHQ.

Agitated protesters raised slogans and vandalized outside Gate No#1 of  General Headquarter (GHQ) in Rawalpindi and some protesters entered the premises of GHQ building.

Although there are several Army check posts & GHQ offices are located several Km away from the gate. Security is generally tight at the gates and surrounding areas of the GHQ & public gatherings are not allowed. was given

PTI Protesters Workers Attack on GHQ Corps Commander House Lahore
PTI Protesters Workers Attack on Corps Commander House Lahore photo AFP

The situation was the same in the cantonment areas, across the country which are commonly called Army's cantonments.

Last day: PTI Tehreek Insaf supporters allegedly caused a severe disturbance in Lahore Cantonment. While videos of demonstrations and vandalism in cantonment areas in many parts of the country. including Peshawar came to light.

The residence of Lahore Corps Commander  was set on fire in Lahore Cantonment. While Pakistan army cantonments were set on fire in many other areas.

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Laws against damage to Army property and installations and rioting in these areas are strict, and the punishments can be severe.

The British News spoke to experts to understand the rules on rioting in cantonment areas. forcible entry into military headquarters and damaging military property.

But 1st let's understand what is the legal status of cantonment areas and what is meant by Army property.

What is meant by Cantonment Army Estate and Cantonment?

A cantonment or military cantonment has a constitutional status. army cantonments in Pakistan are federal territories and are established under the Cantonment Act 1924.

Any area under this Act: May be used for training or defense purposes of the armed forces and may be declared a Army cantonment by an order issued under this Act.

In many countriesincluding Pakistan. A cantonment or military cantonment refers to an area where military personnel & their families reside. And where military training and other security related activities are carried out.

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Civilian access to these areas is generally non existent. Or very limited without required paperwork. And Army regulations and laws apply.

The cantonment area includes military barracks. Training grounds and installations. Administrative  hospitals, buildings, schools and other buildings and installations. Similarly. Every military cantonment also has a police station which functions like any other police station in other parts of the country.

Similarly military property' includes all goods. installations areas used or owned by the armed forces or within the limits of a military cantonment.