An ex­clu­sive zone in Is­lam­abad

Pakistan Observer - - OPINION - KHALID IDREES

The town plan­ner who de­signed Is­lam­abad Master Plan di­vided the area in­cluded in the Plan into dif­fer­ent zones. There are res­i­den­tial zones, com­mer­cial zones, in­dus­trial zones and zones where no res­i­den­tial, com­mer­cial or in­dus­trial ac­tiv­ity is per­mit­ted. Over the years the CDA with the con­nivance of the po­lit­i­cal ad­min­is­tra­tions, both mil­i­tary and civil­ian, that have mis­gov­erned us have played havoc with Is­lam­abad Master Plan.

But at present I shall not dwell on the im­pli­ca­tions which vi­o­la­tions of the Master Plan have caused. Right now I want to draw at­ten­tion to an­other very spe­cial and ex­clu­sive Zone that the has been cre­ated in Is­lam­abad for last sev­eral years.

It nei­ther has any le­gal­ity nor was it en­vis­aged in the Master Plan of Is­lam­abad. What I have in mind is the in­for­mal but an ex­clu­sive Zone com­pris­ing E 7 and E 8 Sec­tors of Is­lam­abad that has been es­tab­lished by Pak­istan Navy and Pak­istan Air Force. Ci­ti­zens not serv­ing in the armed forces of Pak­istan are not al­lowed en­try in this Zone as a mat­ter of rou­tine. Un­til one year ago com­mon ci­ti­zens would be al­lowed en­try in this Zone from the des­ig­nated en­try points af­ter de­posit­ing their CNICs which they could re­trieve at the time of ex­it­ing the Zone. Since about one year this so called “fa­cil­ity “has been with­drawn be­cause, ac­cord­ing to the au­thor­i­ties, com­mon ci­ti­zens do not de­serve this.

The above-re­ferred so called Zone has been cre­ated in the name of se­cu­rity. Now, prevent­ing com­mon ci­ti­zens from en­ter­ing this Zone is tan­ta­mount to abridg­ing their right of free move­ment guar­an­teed by the con­sti­tu­tion. Fur­ther this adds to the alien­ation be­tween the armed forces and com­mon citi-

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