Friday, January 27, 2023

Govt expands Islamabad’s Red Zone ahead of PTI long march

The federal government has extended the Red Zone till Zero Point in Islamabad in the wake of the PTI’s long march which has gained momentum.

The capital police on Monday formally requested the local administration to extend the Red Zone from Ataturk Avenue to Faisal Avenue up to Zero Point to formalize a decision by the Ministry of Interior.

The Inspector General of Police (IGP) has made the request to the deputy commissioner through a letter.

The letter states that the senior superintendent of police (operations) in a recent meeting had recommended an extension in the limits of the earlier notified area of “Red Zone” on the grounds that that a number of sensitive security installations, state institutions and head offices of private enterprises are located in sectors F-6, G-6, F-6, F-7 and E-7, including “residences/foreign missions and offices of diplomats”.

“The main business district of the capital and important business centers, Islamabad Stock Exchange, etc., are located outside the existing limits of the notified Red Zone area,” it says, adding major public and private health facilities also fall in the areas which need to be kept operational round the clock for people living in the existing Red Zone.

It further says that “all routes leading to the Supreme Court of Pakistan and new Islamabad High Court building also need to be secured besides other state buildings.”

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