Use of drones banned for two months in Islamabad

Updated 30 Oct 2019

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Notification says drones pose a unique security threat to capital's "precarious security situation". — AFP/File
Notification says drones pose a unique security threat to capital's "precarious security situation". — AFP/File

ISLAMABAD: The district administration on Tuesday imposed a ban on use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), commonly known as drones, in the city for a period of two months, sources told Dawn.

According to a notification issued from the office of district magistrate, “it has been informed that certain segments of the public operate UAVs in Islamabad which pose a unique threat to the precarious security situation of the Islamabad Capital Territory.”

These UAVs can be used by miscreants to conduct terrorist acts in areas that have been secured and safeguarded against ground attacks, it added.

Any possible terrorist attack would jeopardise security of the residents of the capital and sensitive installations that would create law and order situation and threaten public peace at large, the notification stated, adding that the district magistrate has prohibited flying and operating UAVs in Islamabad by anyone except for law enforcement agencies and the capital administration for a period of two months.

Published in Dawn, October 30th, 2019