Rawalpindi - The inauguration ceremony of the latest body scanners installed at Benazir Bhutto International Islamabad Airport was held yesterday.

The ceremony was attended by Secretary NCD Ajaz Ali Khan, DG ANF Major Gen Nasir Dilawar Shah, DLO Saudi Arabia Fawaz Saud Alotaibi, COS ANF Brig Muhammad Basharat Tahir Malik, Commander ANF North Brig Hamad Dogar, Airport Manager Amam Ullah Alvi, Senior Joint Director CAA Naeem Ahmed Khan and representatives of other airport agencies.

The event marked simultaneous operationalisation of drug scanners at Benazir Bhutto International Islamabad Airport, Allama Iqbal International Airport Lahore and Jinnah International Airport Karachi.

The secretary NCD while addressing the ceremony reiterated affirmation of government’s zero-tolerance against drugs. Further he told that the latest technology will be a great help in “clean travel” of passengers from Pakistan to all countries of the world. The DG ANF apprised that ANF made special arrangements for training of their Airport staff under the supervision of manufacturer-experts at respective operational sites. He also told that during training, 2 cases of ingested capsules have been detected and cases registered.

The DG ANF affirmed his endeavours in capacity building of ANF.

Special gratitude was paid to CAA for their cooperation & assistance at Islamabad Airport.

These scanners have been manufactured by a British company and donated by the government of KSA. The deployment of these machines will substantially increase operational efficiency of ANF. The machine has latest technology and its trials have proved it to be more efficient, dependable, user friendly and congenial to passengers. It just takes 7 seconds to scan a passenger by machine; however some more time is required for registration of passenger-data in software. The machine gives full body and abdominal view simultaneously.

The body scanners resemble walkthrough gates, which will make it possible to detect drugs, ingested material or concealed items under fabrics. The scanners aren’t hazardous and will not disturb any kind of privacy of the passengers. The significant aspect of these scanners is that it is just not the repetition of scanning system being practiced by other law-enforcement agencies at airport.