ISLAMABAD  – The concerned departments of Capital Development Authority (CDA) and Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) have not launched any campaign since long to purge the federal capital from the threat of stray dogs.

According to a survey conducted by this scribe, rising numbers of stray dogs have made life of residents very difficult in ‘G’ and ‘I’ sectors. Small packs of stray dogs roam in streets, parks and markets from morning to night causing serious problems to pedestrians, Bilal Khalid, a resident of I/10 sector who goes mosque for offering prayers said here on Sunday.

He said it has become very difficult for citizens to move freely especially at night because of a large number of stray dogs roaming in the streets. Ejaz-ul-Haq, another resident of G/9 sector informed that the parks located in the area are usually packed with stray in Directorate of Municipal Administration (DMA) and Health Department,ICT have not launched any campaign to exterminate stray dogs as a result their number is rising continuously.

Muhammad Iqbal who daily takes his children to Street 10 (the main road of I/10/2 sector) to board their school bus also complained about the threat of stray dogs. He said that a young boy who was driving a car had met an accident while saving a stray dog and died on the spot.

The people held lack of planning by the concerned department responsible for increasing numbers of stray dogs. Expressing concern over the situation, they also called for ensuring availability of required vaccines to treat the dog’s bite victims at all public sector hospitals.

When contacted, a concerned official informed that different campaigns are launched to kill stray dogs every year.