ISLAMABAD - Intelligence sources have categorically denied their participation in the CDA’s decision-making process, which culminated into the issuance of a no objection certificate (NOC) to the US Embassy for adding a high-rise sprawling complex in the Diplomatic Enclave; as reported in a recently published report.

Sources expressed concern that in case the construction project goes ahead as planned, it will become a permanent threat located in the heart of Islamabad, grossly compromising security of the highly sensitive offices located in the Red Zone.

CDA’s NOC was issued in January 2012 authorising construction of a nine-storey building for expansion project of the US Embassy, bypassing the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) and the other stakeholders responsible for overseeing the overall security envelope in the Capital Territory.

Ostensibly the CDA’s unilateral decision didn’t take into reckoning the potential and possibilities of eavesdropping and other espionage activities that such a tall structure placed adjacent to Constitutional Avenue lent itself to. Besides, such a permission once accorded would open the floodgates of similar requests by other countries.

The CDA’s contention that the intelligence agencies were in the loop for issuance of the NOC for according building permission for a nine-storey tall structure in Diplomatic Enclave is concocted and not based on facts, said the sources.

Meanwhile, On November 27, responding to the several queries regarding project, Rian Harris, US Embassy Spokesperson, has said, “The U.S. Embassy obtained approval from the CDA for its New Embassy Compound project in January 2012. The building is fully in accordance with Government of Pakistan laws and CDA regulations.” The statement of the Spokesperson further reads that the Embassy maintains frequent contact with the CDA to apprise them of the status of the project and answer any questions they may arise.  “The new embassy building is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2014. 35 per cent of the project has been completed thus far,” Rian Harris added.