An exclusive zone in Islamabad
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 Since about one year this so called “facility “has been withdrawn because, according to the authorities, common citizens do not deserve this.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-