ISLAMABAD - Chairman of CDA Kamran Lashari told Senate Standing Committee on Interior Saturday that as many as 37 embassies and foreign missions were functioning in residential areas. The Committee expressed its concerns over functioning of embassies, foreign missions and their attached offices in residential areas of the Capital. The committee meeting, chaired by Senator Talha Mehmood, formed a sub-committee to take up the issue with the Foreign Office and embassies to ensure their relocation from residential areas to the Diplomatic Enclave. Senators Sadia Abasi and Col (R) Tahir Hussain Mashadi said due to functioning of foreign missions, embassies and their offices in residential areas the people were facing problems besides security threat. Chairman of Capital Development Authority (CDA) Kamran Lashari said it was domain of Foreign Office to pursue the matter with the embassies and foreign missions to shift to the Diplomatic Enclave. He told the meeting that total area of existing diplomatic enclave was 795.28 acres. "There are a total 56 plots allotted to embassies, 37 are lying vacant despite many embassies have constructed their buildings in diplomatic enclave", he added. The embassies and foreign missions, functioning in residential areas, include embassies of Algeria, Norway, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Syria, Hungary, Denmark, Ukraine, Turkmenistan, Philippines, Belgium, Malaysia, Sudan, Oman, Libya, Brazil, Romania, Afghanistan, Thailand, Bangaldesh, Australia, Saudi Arabia, Holland, Korea, Portugal and Portugal (Chancery), British Council, Greece and visa office, Republic of Northern Cyprus, Vietnam, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Finland and Latvia, UNDP and UNO. "Embassies of Australia, Saudi Arabia, Holland and Korea have constructed their building in diplomatic enclave but still functioning in residential areas", the Chairman said. He said CDA was working on development of an area of 788.40 acres for extension of diplomatic enclave and it would be developed in three years.       The committee also directed Islamabad administration to crack down on rest houses and massage centres to check their immoral and illegal activities and asked the ICT administration to present a report regarding it within a week. The members of the committee strongly protested over non-participation of Advisor to Prime Minister on Interior Rehman A Malik in the meeting and decided to inform the Prime Minister about it. Regarding security of diplomatic enclave, embassies and foreign missions the IGP Islamabad Syed Asghar Raza Gardezi told the committee that Capital Police had taken number of measures for the security of diplomatic enclave, foreign missions and their offices. He said all foreign missions located outside diplomatic enclave had been converted into "Enclosed Restricted Area" (ERA) thus ensuring security. "There are 70 points on which 280 jawans of Frontier Constabulary have been posted, and persons and vehicles entering in the area are thoroughly checked and verified", he told.       He said another batch of 104 jawans was guarding the residence of diplomats located outside diplomatic enclave at 26 different points. He told the Committee that Capital Police needed more manpower and resources for maintaining law and order in the Capital. He said 1,500 sanctioned posts were still lying vacant due to ban imposed by the government on new employment. Chief Commissioner Islamabad said that Rangers were taking huge budget for performing duty in the Capital. He proposed that the budget should be given to Islamabad Capital Territory Administration and police so that they could recruit new police officials and meet the security demand of the Federal Capital by their own.