New US embassy will be used for monitoring of government offices in Islamabad, warns AGP

10:03 AM | 18 Sep, 2017
New US embassy will be used for monitoring of government offices in Islamabad, warns AGP

ISLAMABAD - Raising objections over the new seven-storey building of the US Embassy in Islamabad's Diplomatic Enclave, the Auditor General of Pakistan (AGP) expressed his reservations that this would allow surveillance of the government offices surrounding the building to be carried out "conveniently," Dawn News reported.

According to an audit report released by the AGP office, the Capital Development Authority (CDA) had refused to issue the No-Objection Certificate (NOC) for the construction of the seven-storey building for the embassy without the consent of the prime minister, as the authority can approve the construction of up to five-storey building in the area.

The report further said that the US government started building the office despite pending approval by the prime minister.

"Despite pending approval by the prime minister, construction had started,” the audit report says.

The report revealed that country's security agencies had wrote a letter to the CDA Chairman voicing objections against the building as saying the seven-story building "would overtake most of the ministries and other official buildings along the Constitution Avenue"

The AGP claimed, “in all probabilities, [the] rooftop of the building will be utilised to install surveillance devices that could be used to monitor government offices in the vicinity”.

Failing to implement rules and "lack of oversight" caused such kind of the irregularity, the report said, adding that a meeting of the departmental accounts committee was not called despite several requests made by the AGP office.

It has been again asked the authorities concerned to hold a high-level inquiry against the construction of the building and take "appropriate corrective action".

The building plan was approved without any objection in February by a high-level committee comprising the CDA officers and members from Planning, Emergency and Disaster Management Pakistan Council of Architects and Town Planners.

On July 31, 2015, then US Ambassador Richard G. Olson had inaugurated the new building of the embassy in Islamabad at a ceremony.


Today Open Market Currency Rates - Pak Rupee to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Riyal - 23 June 2024

Pakistani rupee rates against US Dollar and other currencies on June 23, 2024 (Saturday) in open market.

USD to PKR Rate Today

US dollar was being quoted at 277.7 for buying and 280.85 for selling.

Euro's buying rate stands at 294.3 and selling rate is 297.9 while British Pound rate is 352 for buying, and 355.5 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 75 and Saudi Riyal at 72.85.

Currency Rates in Pakistan

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 277.7 280.85
Euro EUR 294.3 297.9
UK Pound Sterling GBP 352 355.5
U.A.E Dirham AED 75 75.8
Saudi Riyal SAR 72.85 73.6
Australian Dollar AUD 182.2 184
Bahrain Dinar BHD 740.98 748.98
Canadian Dollar CAD 202 204
China Yuan CNY 38.4 38.8
Danish Krone DKK 40.15 40.55
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.68 36.03
Indian Rupee INR 3.34 3.45
Japanese Yen JPY 1.9 1.98
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 908.7 917.7
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 59.07 59.67
New Zealand Dollar NZD 170.98 172.98
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.38 26.68
Omani Riyal OMR 723.75 731.75
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.53 77.23
Singapore Dollar SGD 202 204
Swedish Korona SEK 26.68 26.98
Swiss Franc CHF 315.21 317.71
Thai Bhat THB 7.59 7.74


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