Islamabad - The police have failed to accomplish the task of collecting tenancy agreements despite lapse of over four years, which have raised many questions relating to the security of the residents of the Federal Capital. The government in its initiative to strengthen security had directed the police to keep documentary record of the tenants to have an eye on the suspects to avoid any untoward incident.

The data collecting process through the area police stations have many loopholes due to absence of check and balance and non-pursuit of the process by the authorities concerned. Several attempts have been made since 2011 to conduct survey of the residents of Islamabad, but in vain. The police in consultation with property dealers and hotel management had finalized a Performa requiring information about the tenants to be submitted to the relevant police stations. Property owners in total 22 police stations of Islamabad submitted only a few hundred forms last year, an official in the office of Senior Superintendent of Police (Operations) said.

The official said the record of only a few agreements was received in some police stations. In the start of year 2014 on the directives of Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan Police had started conducting survey in few areas, especially in slum areas inhabited by Afghan people.

“The survey has not yet been completed. More than 2,500 property dealers have been registered so far by the police with particulars of a few tenants,” the official said. It may be added that the incomplete drive for registration of tenants was launched in June 2011 when the incumbent Inspector General of Police Islamabad Tahir Alam Khan was SSP.

The Islamabad police spokesman stressed to conducting the survey on continuous basis and record must be consistently maintained as tenants come and leave the capital. “Such exercise should not be stopped,” he emphasized.

About last year’s survey campaign, he said the particulars of 12,426 families were collected in January 2014 only in Bhara Kau. The spokesman appealed to the community notables and tenants to cooperate with the special police teams assigned the task of survey and submit their correct data as it would help ensure residents’ security.

He said the capital was divided into 87 beats, each headed by a police officer of Sub-Inspector level, while vigilance committees were established to keep check in their surrounding areas.

When contacted, IGP Islamabad Tahir Alam Khan told APP that the police in collaboration with the Capital Development Authority to register tenants launched the survey. The survey of `sector areas’, he said, had been completed while it was yet to be conducted in other localities.

He, however, refused to share any further details about the survey or the objectives achieved so far.