Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed said on Tuesday said that efforts were afoot to launch tourist police to ensure a safe and secure environment for the visitors thronging the federal capital for recreational activities.
Addressing a news conference, he said around 240 cops would be deployed at 24 recreational spots to facilitate the tourists in the federal capital. The minister vowed to transform the Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) police into an exemplary force by improving its performance. The capital police would serve as a role model for other federating units.
The minister said around eight drones would be procured for the ICT police to ensure better surveillance in the capital city. “Islamabad population had grown exponentially and existing police stations were not enough to fulfill its residents’ needs,” he said while hinting at improving the force strength. Sheikh Rashid announced that a Safe City Authority would be set up in Islamabad. A law would be introduced in the Parliament for issuance of various kinds of challans through safe city cameras, he added.
The minister said 25 more vehicles in the fleet of Rescue 1122 Ambulance service would be inducted to respond to emergency situations inefficient manner. To a query, he said a list of frontline personnel was being furnished to ensure their anti-COVID-19 vaccination at the earliest. He underlined the need for increased coordination between the police of the twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad for curbing the crimes in an effective manner. Sheikh Rashid said political forces on both sides of the Line of Control should make efforts to ease tension between India Pakistan, adding it would not work until the resolution of the Kashmir dispute.
He also termed Kashmir a jugular vein of Pakistan. Earlier, the IGP Islamabad apprised the minister over the functioning of safe city cameras installed at various points in the city.