Islamabad to start scrutiny of private security companies

Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) administration has decided to start immediate inspection of private security companies operating in Islamabad in cooperation with Capital police. The inspection process will be started from the next month and it has been decided to revoke licenses of private security companies who have not submitted their particulars and details to ICT administration.

According to the official source, the administration will issue notices initially to the licensees of those private security companies which are found violating the law and not ensuring the compliance of rules. The administration will also check whether private security guards working in Islamabad are properly trained, security cleared and physically fit. It is mentioned that training to security guards, prior to their deployment is one of the conditions for the license and the institutions including Fauji Foundation (Pvt.) Ltd; Askari Guards (Pvt.) Ltd; National Police Foundation and Provincial Police.

Line Headquarters are among those where training of security guards is recommended. As per law, the Licensing Officer shall, before revoking any licence give the licensee a notice to show cause in writing specifying a date, not less than thirty days from the date of the notice, on which the revocation shall take effect unless the licensee satisfies the Licensing Officer that license was not liable to be revoked

The Private Security Companies will be asked to get renewal of their licenses on time, arrange periodic training of their guards, ensure the antecedents and security clearance of their guards by the concerned police prior to their deployment in Islamabad as required under the law. The sources said that special teams will be constituted for inspection of security companies as no proper checking system is already in place with ICT for the purpose.

These teams along with Islamabad police will conduct checking and to seal the offices of these private security companies if rules are found being violated. These teams will also check whether report is obtained from AIGP (Special Branch), SSP and District Magistrate at the time of renewal of license of a private security company. The purpose of this exercise is to ensure that security guards have been trained by the approved Institutions and their antecedents verified by the Police Department. The license of the security company is not renewed if security guards are not trained, security-wise not cleared and medically unfit. The source said that it has been also directed to revoke licenses of private security companies following the set criteria who have not submitted their particulars and details to ICT administration