ISLAMABAD-Its not the law and order situation that has kept the foreign tourists at bay, it is the apathy of our government departments coupled with a strong degree of criminal negligence that has contributed to keeping tourism at the backburner. A number of tourists hailing from Germany, France, Britain and Australia, who have been staying in the Rose and Jasmine Garden here, are having sleepless nights and irksome days because of lurking mosquitoes, absence of electricity and acute shortage of water. During a visit to the said park, the tourists narrated their ordeal saying, We are guests here. Before stepping into Pakistan, we had heard that Pakistanis are very hospitable people. They warmly welcome foreigners. We never knew that we would be given this kind of treatment a German couple, wishing not to be named, lamented. Rose and Jasmine Garden is facing absence of electricity for the last one-and-a-half month for its transfer is unable to provide electricity to the park. It broke down last May. Since then, the only spot of foreign tourists in the twin cities has landed in all dark. In addition, the electric water pumps in the park are non-functional due to the continuous power breakdown that has created paucity of water. Can you believe we are living without water and electricity in this burning month of June? The mosquitoes dont let us sleep at night and the burning sun cant let us breathe at day time, the tourists reported, adding that some of them fell ill due to the spread of diseases on account of lack of hygiene. TheNation witnessed that the Frontier Constabulary (FC) squad, deputed for the protection of tourists at the park, was getting electricity from a streetlight installed across the road where the park is situated. If the FC can arrange temporary power facility for itself then why cant the CDA provide us with the same? the foreign visitors asked. This scribe also witnessed that the toilets that were made for the tourists were filthy and in utter unhygienic condition. They were also being used by the clerical staff of CDA and FC. A German tourist couple, who have two minor kids of between age two and three, said that all of the tourists staying in the Rose and Jasmine park were planning to leave Pakistan due to adverse living conditions. This isnt the treatment that we had heard about, we believe its a government department (CDA) that is indifferent towards us, not all the Pakistanis are like that, tourists observed while opining that law and order was not a factor of concern for them, but the criminal negligence of CDA exasperated them to the hilt. Its quite safe here, we have travelled to Hunza, Gilgit and all the North and we dont perceive any terrorist threat. All we need is the basic amenities for our survival, the foreigners said. When contacted, Irfan Niazi, Deputy Director Parks, CDA, told this scribe that the out-of-date transformer could not be repaired due to the shortage of funds. He said that the IESCO had given the CDA an estimate of about 0.8 million rupees regarding the repairing of the transformer. We had demanded the release of funds of the said amount from our Finance Wing but it rejected our demand due to the shortage of funds. The bill for the repair of transformer has been sent again and it would be approved soon, the Deputy Director mentioned and added that the said transformer would be repaired in the next few days.