Islamabad - The Capital Development Authority (CDA) on the directions of the ministry of foreign affairs has initiated a survey of the residential sectors of the federal capital to find out details of the diplomatic missions and embassies which have encroached upon the municipal land, it has been learnt reliably on Monday.

The ministry of foreign affairs on the directives of the prime minister and in collaboration with CDA and ministry of interior is endeavouring to remove encroachments erected outside the buildings of various embassies located in Islamabad. The ministry of foreign affairs has initiated the process to impress upon the diplomatic missions to remove any encroachment/ unauthorised physical structures placed outside the boundary lines of their plots/buildings.

According to a letter written by the ministry of foreign affairs (MoFA) to the CDA’s enforcement directorate, some diplomatic missions/embassies located outside the Diplomatic Enclave in various residential sectors of Islamabad have encroached upon the municipal land on the pretext of security. In view of the foregoing, the Foreign Office has requested the CDA to undertake a survey of the residential sectors of Islamabad on urgent basis to find out the details of the concerned diplomatic missions as well as the nature of encroachment undertaken upon the municipal land without the requisite NOC from the CDA/MoFA. It has requested the authority to share the results of the survey with the MoFA at the earliest.

Subsequently, the enforcement directorate has asked the urban planning wing of the CDA to nominate an officer well conversant with the issue for undertaking a joint survey so that a comprehensive detail could be submitted to the ministry of foreign affairs. The chairman CDA has designated M Tauqeer Nawaz, deputy director (urban planning-II) of the authority, as focal person for all affairs relating to Foreign Office and diplomatic missions within Islamabad. He will maintain a close liaison with the Foreign Office, the letter said. On the other hand, the building control section (BCS) of the authority has nominated Shafi Muhammad Marwat, deputy director BCS-I, for undertaking a joint survey of the encroachments by the embassies presently functioning in the residential areas of the capital.

Earlier, the Supreme Court had taken notice of the encroachments undertaken by different embassies in the residential sectors of the capital; thus causing nuisance to the residents.