In view of the heightened security threat to Indian installations in Pakistan,especially in the wake of the Mumbai terror attacks,the Indian High Commission in Islamabad has sought deployment of the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) to guard its premises.
Sources said the High Commission in Islamabad is among the first Indian missions abroad to seek CISF cover the request coming within days of the government promulgating an ordinance to amend the CISF Act,enabling its personnel to be deployed abroad at Indian missions and on UN peacekeeping duties. The security of the Islamabad mission is currently the sole responsibility of the host government.
As of now,the embassy in Kathmandu is the only Indian mission to have CISF security,granted to it more than five years ago. More than 100 CISF personnel are deployed there. In addition,the embassy in Kabul is guarded by the Indo-Tibetan Border Police. Sources said a proposal to replace the ITBP in Kabul with CISF is also under consideration.
It was the attack last July on the Indian embassy in Kabul that prompted the government to think on ways to strengthen the security at missions abroad. Accordingly,the government moved a CISF amendment Bill in the last session of Parliament. Since the Bill could not be passed for want of time,the government promulgated an ordinance on January 12 to make necessary changes in law.