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November 22, 2019
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CAA chalks out new security plan for Karachi Airport

A new ‘foolproof security plan’ for Karachi airport had been prepared, said Secretary Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) Tuesday.

The Prime Minister has also released funds of Rs six billion for the new plan, the CAA Secretary Muhammad Ali Gardezi said during meeting of Senate Standing Committee on Cabinet Secretariat and Capital Administration and Development chaired by Kalsoom Parveen at Parliament House.

He said the Prime Minister also gave approval for induction of five hundred employees to beef up security at the airport.

Director General CAA Air Marshall Muhammad Yousaf clarified that CAA authority is only responsible for security within the airport premises whereas intelligence agencies, police, Rangers and FC had the responsibility to keep security on the roads leading to the airport.

A three-member committee headed by Air Commodore Noor Elahi Bajwa, had been constituted on the instructions of Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif for finding facts on the fire incident at Gerry’s Dnata Cargo Complex, after Karachi airport was attacked on the night of June 8 and 9, the DG told the committee.

He said fact-finding committee on fire incident in Gerry’s Dnata Cargo Complex has concluded in its report that no death occurred in the cold storage of Karachi airport.

He dispelled the impression in media that the deaths had occurred after 24 hours of the incident and that people were trapped in the cold storage.

The committee paid tribute to the persons who not only saved the airport but also saved the country from a lot bigger losses and catastrophe.

The DG CAA stated that out of ten, five terrorists were killed while entering the airport whereas five hid themselves and fired.

He said it is also noted that the loss would have been much more if the security agencies like ASF, Police, Rangers and Pak Army would not have played their effective role in time.

The committee chairperson said security should be ensured at all airports of the country in the wake of the incidents at Karachi and Peshawar airports.

Managing Director PIA Junaid Younis apprised the committee that PIA is going to start three flights for Islamabad to Quetta whereas four flights for Quetta to Islamabad, to facilitate passengers.

He also said that PIA added a new aircraft had been brought on a six year lease from a well known company for US $ 225,000 per month.

DG Airport Security Force Tahir Shah said, “We have made all arrangements for the foolproof security at all airports in the country and now no terrorist could flee.”