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Pakistan: Government to boost security at four international airports

The Pakistani government is setting out to boost the security measures at four international airports in the country.

State-of-the-art equipment would be installed at the New Islamabad International Airport, Karachi International Airport, Multan International Airport and Faisalabad International Airport.

The executing agency would be the Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority (PCAA) while implementation would be taken cared of by the Airport security Force. The Aviation Division meanwhile, would be the sponsoring agency of the endeavor.

The project is being presented before the Central Development Working Party (CDWP) for its consideration.

The approved working paper for the CDWP indicates that the project would cost Rs2,355.345 million and is expected to be completed by August 2020.

The project was much needed due to security issues that are plaguing the aviation sector “which may affect smooth operation of aviation sector in line with international standards,” according to the working paper.

The project is designed to improve security standards at the country’s airports.

The project sets out to strengthen and bolster the current security system at the four international airports by giving them the latest equipment to better combat the clear and present threat of terrorism.

These equipment includes “hold baggage explosive detection system” (EDS-CT and EDS), “liquid explosive detection system”, “explosive trace detection system” and “big vehicle scanner” which would be fitted at Karachi, Multan and Faisalabad airports, while Islamabad airport would get a “big vehicle scanner.”

The paper continues to say that security equipment has already become a top priority to better secure the law and order situation at the country’s airports.

In light of terrorist attacks at Pakistan and Turkey, it has become of utmost importance to implement foolproof security measures at airports.

Other airports will be taken up in the next phase.

The authorities deem that the security equipment would also help increase the number of flights, which may augment revenue of the PCAA and result in even more economic activities.

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