KARACHI – Against the backdrop of a terrorist attack on the Peshawar airport, security measures for the Quaid-e-Azam International Airport, Karachi seem insufficient, exposing the negligence of the security agencies as the authorities are constantly receiving threats by the militants, The Nation learnt here. According to details, intelligence agencies have repeatedly warned about the possible attack on Karachi airport and directed the authorities concerned for taking maximum precautionary measures.Sources privy to the matter revealed that after the recent attack at Peshawar airport, authorities directed the concerned security officials to further tighten the security of the airport. Following the seriousness of the issue, security agencies have erected barricades across the runways of the airport and installation of other equipment including night vision cameras and sophisticated weapons.Sources said that on the recommendation of Airport Security Force, the Civil Aviation authorities had made a three by four feet tunnel across the runway covering the area of more than five kilometres.The tunnel covered all the sensitive points located in the surroundings of the airport from the ASF Headquarter to Behtiabad intersection, source said. The said tunnel has ended any chance of barging into the runway with explosive-laden vehicles.The officials have also deputed commandos for 24 hours patrolling on the runway side and also established more than dozen security checkposts with snipers in surrounding of the airport. An official of the Civil Aviation Authority revealed that the airport authorities have asked the provincial government for the deployment of rangers and police across the outer circle of runway. The official said that present wall in the surroundings of the airport was in dilapidated condition and there were a number of Katchi Abadies are also located in the surroundings of airport where wall-chalking of different hardliner groups is a constant threat for the security agencies.   He pointed out that the transmitter centre and air traffic control centre located closed to the boundary wall of the airport would be the most sensitive place and attack on those buildings would cut off their contact with rest of the world.   It is worth mentioning here that there were a number of buildings located in the surroundings of the airport that may be used to launch any attack on the airport through rockets and other sophisticated weapons. He said, “We have two different kinds of threats including Terminal-1 where the offices of all international airlines are located. Moreover, air ambulances have also been parked in Terminal-1 and it also have warehouses of the CAA. The second threat is the ASF headquarter.  ASF Security Manager Malik Zulfiqar declined to comment on the story when contacted.  Meanwhile, the member of National Assembly, Nawab Yousif Talpur, on Monday called on Chief Minister Sindh, Syed Qaim Ali Shah, at the Chief Minister House here. He discussed matters of mutual interest with Chief Minister Sindh, and apprised him about various issues and problems pertaining to his constituency. Qaim listened to his problems and assured that genuine problems will be solved on priority.Later, Mir Aijaz Ali Khan Jakhrani MNA, and Senator Islamuddin Shaikh also called on Chief Minister Sindh and discussed matter of mutual interest

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