Published On: Wed, Jan 1st, 2014
Published in Category: Islamabad

Police, administration spoil New Year celebrations

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ISLAMABAD: Following the directives of federal interior minister police and administration of Islamabad Capitol Territory spoiled party-laden fun in all major hotels of the Capitol City, on the eve of New Year.
Party-loving nationals and foreigners alike launched their strongest protests over the ban, creating emergency-like situation in hotels at Tuesday evening when preparations for these parties were in full swing.

Police and administration officials informed that all previously granted NOCs for holding New Year parties had been annulled, and all those defying the ban would be arrested.

All sponsors and parties arrangers have voiced their strong protest over banning of NOCs they had acquired way before the New Year events. “It seems that government is trying to appease extremist, Taliban elements, while such a move following the directives of a minister would not leave a good, encouraging impression on foreigners , who could also be discouraged regarding their investments here” they opined.

When contacted police said that they had also been instructed to ensure closure of all markets by 2200 hrs; a move strongly resented by traders’ community, who has declared the order as a conspiracy to mar the image of the Capitol City , encouraging no less than extremist elements.
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