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Security measures at district courts causing inconvenience

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Islamabad: The attack on the district courts has brought hardships for the general public as following the incident the Islamabad police have occupied a vast area of the parking in F8 Markaz by placing barricades.The terror attack had exposed the security arrangements of the federal police force but rather than ensuring peace and calm in the city, they have taken measures that are creating nuisance for the common man. First, they established pickets on all the sides heading towards F8 Markaz which has been causing grave inconvenience to motorists, resulting in long queues of vehicles on the all the roads leading towards the area. And more miseries were in store when they occupied the parking area disallowing the private vehicles to be parked at a time when already the parking area has been squeezing due to the rapid growth in the commercial activities in F8 Markaz.An official of a private bank told media personnel that a piece of land, reserved for the bank employees and customers has been occupied by the Islamabad police, creating inconvenience for the people. “Due to the illegally constructed chambers, our customers have suffered, but now the police have encroached upon the only parking slot as well by putting barricades and wires and parking government-owned vehicles in the name of security,” he added and urged the police department to take note of the issue.However, the Assistant Manager of a restaurant situated in the locality, Imran Ahmed blames the legal fraternity for inconvenience and told the media personnel that their customers face trouble due to the lawyers who have illegally occupied the piece of land reserved for the parking purpose. He said that the lawyers started constructing chambers and then occupied the whole land gradually. He demanded the Capital Development Authority (CDA) remove the illegally constructed chambers and encroachment on the ground.The CDA has in the past faced difficulty in taking action against the encroachments by lawyers in F8. Meanwhile, Margalla Police Station SHO Khalid Mehmood dispelled the impression that the police is occupying the parking slot and said that due to the bad law and order situation, the police has laid barbed wires and put barricades around the area. He said that these measures have been taken to ensure security of the district and session’s courts.According to sources, the Islamabad district administration is trying to shift the district and session courts from F8 to a safer place to resolve the matter on immediate basis.

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