FC repatriates from federal capital following decline in terror-acts


ISLAMABAD: In the wake of a considerable decline in terror-related incidents in the federal capital, the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (KP) government called back the Frontier Constabulary (FC) from the metropolitan, Pakistan Today has learnt reliably.

In 2014, three thousand FC personnel had been summoned to the capital by former Minister for Interior (MoI) Chaudhary Nisar.

The FC were deployed for security purposes at important places including the Parliament House, Red Zone, government buildings and check posts of the city.

According to a letter written by the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) FC commandant, “In regard to the provision of 16 X Frontier Constabulary (FC) platoons to Islamabad, the troops may stand down with immediate effect.”

The FC was called to Islamabad following the wave of terrorism which until now has taken the lives of more than 70,000 Pakistani nationals.

However, 2015 and onwards, the commandos were performing duties for VIPs and VVIPs. Chief Justice Dost Mohammad Khan and Justice Waqar Ahmad had expressed regret that the FC, which was a valuable fighting force, had been turned into a useless entity by entrusting it with the duty of guarding VIPs in Islamabad.

It is noted that the registered crime rate in the capital has risen following the repatriation of the FC.

In a bid to curb street crime in the capital, Islamabad Police in June 2017 had chalked out a new plan under which FC staff were deployed along with the capital police for patrolling streets.

Then SSP Operations Sajid Kiani had divided the city into sub-sectors under a comprehensive plan to overcome street crimes.

A police official of the rank of an ASI, along with a policeman and an FC official was assigned a sub-sector.
Authorities of the law enforcing agency had hoped that this step would overcome street crime, motorbike and car snatching, purse snatching and other criminal activities. A plan that had worked to some extent.

Repeated attempts were made to contact the Islamabad Police Inspector General (IG), Zia-ul-Qamar’s spokesperson but he was not available for comment.