Capital police ask for jurisdiction to airport and highways – Pakistan
ISLAMABAD: Police in the capital have requested the federal government to extend its executive authority and jurisdiction over Islamabad International Airport (IIA) and highways to maintain public order and exercise its legal mandate during the current situation due to the PTI protests and the long march, Dawn has learned.
The same extension has also been requested from the National Roads and Highways Police (MHNP) and other law enforcement agencies.
In a letter to the Office of the Chief Commissioner from Islamabad Police Central Bureau, uninterrupted access to strategic security facilities in the Islamabad Capital Territory, including M-1 (Islamabad-Peshawar highway), M-2 (Islamabad-Lahore Interchanges, Islamabad International Airport under Articles 97, 149 and 151 of the Constitution of Pakistan has been requested.
The letter states that the national roads leading to the IIA are under local jurisdiction and area of Rawalpindi, Attock and Islamabad districts. However, Rawalpindi and Attock districts are under the administration and control of Punjab province, he added. It is important that the capital’s police ensure that the LEAs have access to these strategically important points, the letter states, adding that in addition, all civilian and military leaders, representatives of international agencies, diplomats and foreign dignitaries use these gateways to approach Islamabad. and it is the responsibility of the state to provide security and protection for diplomats and foreign dignitaries from the IIA to the city.
Any untoward incident at the airport, near the airport or on any of the adjacent areas of the airport roads can tarnish the country’s reputation, he said, adding that these national means of communication are of strategic importance.
In the wake of public order situations and during the travel of VVIPs and dignitaries, any untoward incident on the way to and from the IIA and the three highway toll booths for access to Islamabad, Thallian and Peshawar may be detrimental.
Inaccessibility of these locations by Federal and Capital LEAs from Islamabad may also disrupt inter-provincial trade, security and economy with serious consequences, the letter states, adding that this threat assessment has also been verified by d other independent sources.
The executive authority and jurisdiction of the Federal Government – Capital Police, NHA and National Highways and Highways Police and other LEAs – may please be extended for the purpose of preventing any threat to peace, tranquility and the economic life of Pakistan.
Posted in Dawn, November 9, 2022