Islamabad: Parcel bomb; airports across country on high alert
ISLAMABAD: According to the Dawn News on Wednesday, the federal government has issued a `high terror alert` on all international airports in the country, specifically on out-bound `air cargos` on way to foreign destinations, has learnt from a senior officer.
The alert came against the backdrop of the United States terror alert, following the discovery of two packages containing bombs that were in transit to the US from Yemen.
“The only thing we can do is be more cautious and security on all the airports across Pakistan has already been tight due to prevailing law and order situation,” said an official associated with aviation industry.
Pakistan has seen a surge in terror attacks since it has joined the war against terror and faces guerrilla-style attacks from terrorists, thus forcing the security officials to stay on a round-the-clock vigil.
With several security agencies, including the federal Airport Security Force, actively looking after the internal and external security at international airports the chances of such `cargo breaches` are slim, according to a federal aviation official.
“We have a far better security at all the airports and international best practices are in place across all the international airports,” claimed the federal aviation official requesting anonymity.
“They are prepared and very vigilant, however, the current terror alert in America will help us learn new methodologies needed to plug modern terror loopholes which are not there at the moment,” he claimed.
Though out-bound international and national air cargo is scanned by Federal Customs and Intelligence, the guardian of Pakistan`s borders against movement of contraband goods and is facilitator of bona fide trade.
“We have a transparent mechanism in place for international air cargos and everything through goes through a scanner or an x-ray machine placed at several airports,” said a senior customs official.
Meanwhile, a senior federal official said they issued instructions in such regard for enforcing maximum security on all airports across Pakistan specifically on air cargoes and passengers` baggage.