Islamabad - The Capital Development Authority has accused local police of pressurising the CDA staff for stopping operation against nonconforming use of residential units in particular cases, it has been learnt.

The Capital Development Authority said the police were not cooperating with the authority on the issue; rather the CDA staff was being threatened unlawfully which may discourage the staff and hamper the campaign against nonconforming use of residential houses. According to a letter (CDA/Dir-BC-6(56)Genl/2015/389) written by CDA chairman to IG Islamabad police, the CDA has started action against nonconforming use of residential houses in Islamabad as per directions of the Supreme Court, particularly in the cases of newly-opened establishments. “It has been reported in tending cooperation in the matter. Recently, the CDA staff took action against a house in F-8/2 where a school is in the process of opening.

The C DA team confiscated the signboards and some other items at the site to stop the commercial activity. However, it was reported by the concerned formation that against this legal action, officials of Margalla police station were not only reluctant to cooperate but also extended pressure to stop the operation,” the letter read.

The building control section of Capital Development Authority is conducting operation on the directions of Supreme Court to curb the commercial activities in the residential areas but unlawful threatening by local police officials can hamper the campaign against nonconforming use and discourage CDA staff, the letter added.

The chairman has requested the IG Islamabad police that necessary directions may be issued to all police stations of Islamabad to extend full cooperation to the CDA in eradication of commercial activities in residential areas of Islamabad.

It is to mention here that offices of inspectors-general of police and the National Highways and Motorway Police are housed in residential units. All these offices are operating in violation of the CDA rules. The office of the Islamabad police chief is also located in a house in sector F-7 and the street has been closed to secure it.

Some of the embassies are also housed in residential units. Similarly, the civic agency has taken no action against the offices of some political parties housed in residential units. Offices of various political parties including the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) are also located in residential areas.

The Capital Development Authority had submitted a report in the Supreme Court according to which, there were 2,262 reported cases of nonconforming use in the city.