Islamabad - The authorities have identified multiple loopholes in the security apparatus in place for the key buildings of the federal capital, it has been learnt reliably.

The security deficiencies at the premises of the key buildings range from missing under vehicle scanning system (UVSS), CCTV cameras, bunker on the roof tops, explosive detector and baggage scanning machines to low-height boundary walls, reveals the security audit report prepared by the Special Branch of Islamabad police, exclusively available with The Nation.

In view of the current security scenario, the security division carried out security audit of the important buildings and has proposed to plug in loopholes on priority basis to avoid any untoward incident.

In a letter written to the Chief Commissioner Office, the security division high-ups stated that security of sensitive buildings has been beefed up by utilising the available resources. “Vehicles/persons are being allowed entry after proper checking/searching at the entry points… the police officials deployed for security duties have been briefed regarding current security scenario and security threats. They have been directed to remain alert and extra vigilant during duty to avoid any untoward incident,” the letter revealed. The office of IG police Islamabad has requested the chief commissioner office that the quarters concerned be approached to rectify the security loopholes on priority basis to ensure security of the sensitive installations.

Parliament Lodges: Detailing loopholes, the security audit report said that UVSS installed at main entry of the Parliament Lodges remains out of order and advised to depute trained CDA staff to monitor it.

It said new CCTV cameras with night vision device be installed at residential blocks’ lobbies of all floors and outside the premises. “Locks of all residential suits be changed and keys be handed over to the parliamentarians. Presently, the visitors are issued visitor cards bearing no date and time and some of the visitors keep the cards with them and do not bother to return it,” the report said. It advised that visitor slips be issued on daily basis after verification of their CNICs through NADRA verification system.

MNA Hostel: The report suggested that height of the boundary wall be raised and a bunker be constructed on the rooftop of the hostel building.

Parliament House: “CCTV cameras be installed at VIP gate, VIP car parking and general parking. Six sentry posts be constructed along the boundary fence and two cemented bunkers be constructed at rooftop of the building,” the report suggested.

Pak Secretariat: The intelligence agency suggested that Pak Rangers be deployed at 16 posts situated in the premises of the secretariat which are presently vacant. The report said due to construction of metro bus service project, the height of boundary wall around Pak Secretariat Block needs to be raised up to 12 feet approximately and it should also be secured with razor wire on urgent basis. The fence be replaced with solid concrete wall, it said and added that SOP for entry stickers and temporary passes be revised. It further said mud track along with A, B, C, D blocks fence leading towards L, M and K blocks be blocked as anyone can reach up to the blocks without checking. “Bushes along with boundary fence be removed. Iron fence near A and B blocks parking is broken, it may be re-fixed. Razor wire be fixed at boundary fence of the Secretariat instead of barbed wire,” the audit suggested.

It further said CCTV cameras and search lights be installed on the surface of boundary wall/entrance. Out of order baggage scanning machines installed at P main gate and S block be made functional. Out of order explosive detector available at R block be made functional. Proper reception be established at fancy gate with the facility of intercom/telephone linked with all ministries inside the secretariat so that visitors be allowed after getting proper search/prior appointment from the concerned office.

Minister Enclave: “Security equipment delta barrier, CCTV cameras, baggage scanning machine, explosive detector, walkthrough gate and UVSS be installed at main entrance. Iron boundary fence of minister enclave is broken from various places and that should be repaired on priority basis. Existing boundary fence be replaced with 12 feet-high concrete wall and electric fence and razor wire be fixed on it. Emergency/exit gate be established,” the audit suggested.

Cabinet Block: The report said Rangers be deployed in front of the building and cemented checkpoints must be constructed at rooftop.

State Bank: Height of boundary fence must be raised up to 10 feet along with high voltage electric fence and cemented bunker be constructed at rooftop.

Heliport: Height of boundary wall (eastern side) should be raised. Watch tower should be made in the premises and security staff equipped with latest security equipment should be deputed therein.

Shaheed-e-Millat Secretariat: “Tower bunker be constructed and Pak Rangers /FC personnel be deputed therein. Out of order fire alarms and smoke alarm systems in the building should be made functional.

Defective vehicles parked in the parking of Shaheed-e-Millat Secretariat should be shifted outside immediately,” the audit suggested.

Ministry of Religious Affairs: The audit suggested that two bunkers should be constructed in front of the building and FC personnel be deputed therein. Explosive detector and baggage scanning machine be installed at the main entrance.

Election Commission House: It recommended that height of boundary wall be raised up to 10 feet and concertina wire be fixed on its surface. CCTV cameras should be installed in the parking area. Walkthrough gate, UVSS, explosive detector and baggage scanning machine should be installed at main entrance.

National Police Bureau Office: Explosive detector and baggage scanning machine should be installed at the main entrance.

Ministry of Science and Technology building: The audit recommended that a bunker should be constructed along with boundary wall and FC personnel should be deputed therein. Private security guards should be directed to allow vehicles/visitors after proper checking. Height of boundary wall should be raised up to 10 feet and concertina wire be fixed on its surface. Explosive detector and baggage scanning machine should be installed at the main entrance.

PIPS building: The audit said a bunker should be constructed along with boundary wall and FC personnel should be deputed. Height of boundary wall should be raised up to 10 feet and concertina wire be fixed on its surface.

National Police Academy: The audit recommended that a bunker be constructed along with boundary wall and FC personnel should be deputed. CCTV cameras should be installed in the surroundings of building and trained staff be deputed in the control room.

Safe City Project building: “Reception be established at entry gate and visitors be allowed after keeping proper record. Security personnel should be deputed at the rear side gate,” the agency suggested.

Foreign Office: Height of boundary fence should be raised up to 10 feet with electric fence. Bunkers should be constructed at gates and rooftops of the building, the audit suggested.