Published On: Wed, Nov 22nd, 2017

Islamabad Sit-In has Resulted in Expenses of Rs120 Million for Police

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Islamabad sit-inIslamabad has been blocked by the religious protests and the Islamabad sit-in has resulted in expenses of Rs120 million for police. As the Islamabad sit-in continues the cost will rise more, which is indeed a problem for government.

Police from Frontier Constabulary and Punjab Constabulary was also called in for handling the protests. Police has also raised the issue that they have not received any amount as yet.

A group led by Khadim Hussain Rizvi, a faction of Tehreek-i-Labbaik Ya Rasool Allah has been camping at the Faizabad interchange. No progress has been made and it is causing a lot of hindrance for citizens of the twin cities. The talks have not succeeded as yet.

It has been stated that the meal bill for personnel from the capital police, FC and PC had touched the Rs55 million figure.

The number of workers positioned around the area has different number in different source. It is stated that on average, a shift consists of 3,000 personnel to 7,000 personnel.

Furthermore, police has taken over 200 containers to block roads for the security purpose and their rent has increased to above Rs30 million.

Moreover, five cranes and 10 trailers are taken to move the containers. It has been stated that 19 water tankers, 15 water takers to refill water cannons and four to supply drinking water to on-duty personnel, had also been hired.

In addition, it has been informed that 40 vehicles, which include buses and wagons are also hired for transport purposes. The accrued amount of these vehicles has also crossed the Rs1o million figure.

It has been stated that vendors are asking for their amount but the officials are delaying the payments.

On November 3, police got a grant of over Rs70 million from the government for the expenses of security arrangements of the sit-in.

Islamabad Inspector General Khalid Khattak could not be reached for comment, in spite of many attempts.

The protesters are demanding an inquiry into controversy with regard to change in Khatam-i-Nabuwat clause, which has now been amended and corrected. The issue of Islamabad sit-in needs to be resolved immediately so that the problems faced by the citizens and government get resolved.

About the Author

- Junaid Ashraf has a Master of Philosophy degree in government and public policy. He has international publications through Taylor & Francis, a leading British publishing body. He regularly write columns for newspapers. His interests include international political economy, geopolitics and good governance. He writes for Asia Times.