US Embassy Islamabad dismisses reports of building firing range on its Compound

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: The US Embassy in Islamabad has termed reports by several Pakistani media outlets that it is building a firing range on its Compound in the Federal Capital as ‘baseless and untrue’.

In a statement, the US Embassy said that in fact, it responded to multiple requests from the government of Pakistan and, with the approval of the Ministry of the Interior and other relevant Pakistani government agencies, agreed to fund the complete refurbishment of an existing firing range for the Islamabad Capital Territory Police.

The US Embassy said that the upgrades to the firing range are intended to make the range safer for the Pakistani police who use it, as well as the Pakistanis and diplomats who live and work near the range.  The firing range is not on the US Embassy Compound.  It is a Pakistani police facility on the Diplomatic Enclave.

It further said that the government of Pakistan requested the upgrades and vetted and approved the project in July of 2018.  The US Embassy has placed a pre-solicitation notice for the project on its website in order to encourage Pakistani-owned companies to bid on the project.

The Embassy’s spokesperson is available to answer any questions regarding this or other matters involving the US Mission in Pakistan.

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