Islamabad, April 25, 2019 – Several media outlets have erroneously reported that the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad is building a firing range on the U.S. Embassy compound.
These reports are baseless and untrue. In fact, the U.S. Embassy 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 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 U.S. Embassy compound. It is a Pakistani police facility on the Diplomatic Enclave. The government of Pakistan requested the upgrades and vetted and approved the project in July of 2018. The U.S. 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 U.S. Mission in Pakistan.