ISLAMABAD - The Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) administration has requested the ministry of finance to release a supplementary grant of Rs 5.4 million to meet the expenditures incurred upon maintenance and fuel of the patrolling vehicles of the Rapid Response Force in the federal capital, The Nation has learnt reliably on Friday.

According to sources in the ICT administration, Punjab Rangers and Capital police have entered into a controversy over the expenditures incurred upon the patrolling vehicles under use of the rapid response force comprising Punjab Rangers and the local police since August 14.

Around 2,000 personnel of Punjab Rangers are in Islamabad on security duty since the PTI and PAT started their sit-in at the D-Chowk. The sources said neither Punjab Rangers not Islamabad police was agreeing to bear the expenses further, as the patrolling continued in wake of the PTI’s Sunday rally.

Keeping in view the sensitivity of the issue, the ICT administration through ministry of interior sent the request to the finance division to immediately release the funds so that the law enforcing agencies could perform their duties without any hindrance.

Meanwhile, Interior Minister Ch Nisar Ali Khan has directed the officers of political wing, NCMC and ICT wing of the ministry to attend the office on Saturday and Sunday. The officers of other wings of the ministry have been directed not to leave the city on this weekend, sources said.