1,900 CCTV cameras functioning in Islamabad; Senate told


ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: Minister of State for Interior Baligh-ur-Rehman on Friday informed the Senate that 1,900 closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras were functioning under safe city project in the federal capital to monitor any unusual activity.

Replying to a question in the Upper House of the Parliament, the minister said that total 2,100 CCTV cameras will be installed in the federal capital, out of which 1,900 CCTV cameras have been installed while remaining will be functional soon.

Baligh-ur-Rehman said these CCTV cameras remained very helpful in detecting criminals besides traffic management. He added the government of Punjab has also planned to follow this project in the province.

The minister said with the help of these CCTV cameras, several crimes have been traced and criminals have been arrested. He said that vehicles number plates’ recognition software will soon be functional with these cameras.

The state minister said that the government has always encouraged private shops owners in markets to install CCTV cameras to control crime rate and other criminal activities.

Baligh-ur-Rehman said that there are three Model Addiction Treatment and Rehabilitation Centres running under supervision of Anti-Narcotics Force (attached department of Narcotics Control Division), one each at Islamabad, Quetta and Karachi.

The treatment centre at Karachi is run with the donations of philanthropists, he added.

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