Hotels in Diplomatic Enclave declared security risk

ISLAMABAD – Islamabad Police have shown reservations regarding establishment of private hotels and restaurants in Diplomatic Enclave declaring them as a security risk.

Well-placed sources said that the City Police have demanded to cancel NOC and licenses issued to the hotels and restaurants in order to ensure foolproof security of the foreign diplomats. Office of IG Police, Islamabad, wrote a letter to Chairman Capital Development Authority, Tahir Shahbaz on October 11, 2012. In the letter the high-ups of Islamabad Police has mentioned that Islamabad is facing security threats. It was also stated in the letter that the terrorists could use different paths to enter Diplomatic Enclave.

The letter stated that a number of embassies have been shifted to Diplomatic Enclave and a large police force has been deployed at the enclave as per counter-terrorism strategy. In addition, the letter said that already two clubs are present in the Diplomatic Enclave and no more restaurants or hotels are needed here, such that the establishment of the dining places are against CDA by-laws.

According to sources, no practical steps have been taken to implement the recommendations made in the letter. It merits mentioning here decision was made to extend the Red Zone in order to intensify security of Diplomatic Enclave.

Meanwhile, the government has decided to install biometric system and close-circuit cameras in hospitals to check absence of doctors and ensure presence of consultants in OPD.

This decision has been taken in view of complaints pouring in large number that a majority of junior doctors leaves the place of duty by shifting their responsibility to the trainee postgraduates and the presence of senior doctors in OPD is highly thin in the hospitals of federal capital.

This step will help improve the attendance of the doctors and this watch dog will prove a credible testimony while taking disciplinary action against the malingerers and absconding doctors.

Meanwhile, security devices, bought three months ago, could not be installed in Faisal Mosque, due to negligence of Capital Development Authority.

Sources said that the warranty period of these security devices is about to end, on one hand and on the other, the situation is leading to security threats in the mosque.

The CDA issued a contract worth Rs 7 million in June to install six walkthrough gates and scanner machines in the mosque such that the project was to end within a month. But CDA has not installed the machinery till now, sources added.