Scrutiny of private security companies ordered in Islamabad

Islamabad: Ministry of Interior has directed Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) administration and Islamabad Police to start immediate scrutiny of private security companies operating in Islamabad.

Ministry of Interior has asked the authorities to revoke licenses of private security companies who failed to submit their particulars and details to ICT administration in due time and start inspections in the current month.

According to the official source, the administration will issue notices initially to the licensees of those private security companies which are found violating the law and not ensuring the compliance of Rules.

The administration will also check whether private security guards working in Islamabad are properly trained, security cleared and physically fit. .

Ministry of Interior has notified four institutions for training of security guards which included Fauji Foundation (Pvt.) Ltd; Askari Guards (Pvt.) Ltd; National Police Foundation and Provincial Police Line Headquarters.

As per law, the Licensing Officer before revoking any license give the licensee a notice to show cause in writing specifying a date, not less than thirty days from the date of the notice, on which the revocation shall take effect unless the licensee satisfies the Licensing Officer that license was not liable to be revoked.

The Private Security Companies will be asked to get renewal of their licenses on time, arrange periodic training of their guards, ensure the antecedents and security clearance of their guards by the concerned police prior to their deployment in Islamabad as required under the law.

According to the sources the Chief Commissioner Islamabad Zulfiqar Haider will constitute special teams for inspection of security companies, although there is no proper checking system is in place with ICT for the purpose.

These teams along with Islamabad police will conduct checking and seal the offices of private security companies found violating the norms.


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