Top officials seek exemption from Islamabad roadblocks hearing

ISLAMABAD: Capital Development Authority (CDA) on Tuesday requested the ISI DG and the defence secretary to be exempted from appearing before court in connection with obstructions in Islamabad’s Aabpara area.

The two were slated to appear before Islamabad High Court (IHC) on July 4.  Their exemption plea requested four-six weeks to finalise  alternative security arrangements in the vicinity of ISI headquarters on Aabpara Road.

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The CDA requested for more time citing ‘domestic and international threats’ to the site. The authority urged the court to grant more time to ensure encroachments were removed without compromising the security of the ISI HQ. A number of functionaries including CDA, ICT and police officials will brief the court on obstruction removal progress.

Earlier on June 22, the court directed the Ministry of Defence and the CDA to remove obstructions and open a road near ISI HQ. In a written order, Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui said security arrangements should not intrude into public space.

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“Therefore, it is in the interest and prestige of the institution of the Army that obstructions are removed immediately, not later than one week i.e. 29-06-2018,” the order read. The reputation of the institution could stand compromised if the CDA was made to execute the directives, the order went on to read. The court also observed that the obstructions had been placed without CDA permission and the move violated the federal’s capital’s master plan.

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