Security tightened at Lahore airport amid terror threat

LAHORE – After Quetta church attack, the Airport Security Force (ASF) has beefed up safety measures at the Allama Iqbal International Airport.

Sources at the airport said that a meeting in this regard was summoned by ASF Chief Security Officer (CSO) Ehsan Ullah and attended by officers concerned.

Earlier, the CSO met the inspector general Punjab police at his office to discuss the security situation after the brutal attack on a Quetta church on Sunday.

In last August, the Pakistan International Airlines chief security officer had issued a circular titled “Daesh pursuing aviation plot” to Lahore’s airport manager and suggested “additional screening measures” for passengers and electronic items of personal use. He further said the self-styled terrorist group ‘Islamic State’ was planning attacks, including hijacking at airports by using some low-ranking staff.

ASF has chalked out a foolproof security plan for the airport security under which search process of vehicles and passengers has been tightened. Sources said there was a threat of terrorist attacks on sensitive installations and buildings due to which security had been increased.

ASF has increased patrolling, body search of passengers, search of vehicles visiting the airport and luggage of passengers. It is worth mentioning here that the ministries of interior and defence have already issued directions to let only one person enter the airport to see off or receive near and dear ones.

Police and ASF officials were violating directions of both ministries and more than one person were entering airports to see off and receive their near and dear ones. There are reports that the terrorist group has acquired the same security gadgets, which are installed at airports, to bypass security for attacks, the letter says.

According to the letter, a copy of which is available with The Nation, terrorists may evade screenings at airports by using latest devices.

“Daesh is planning to target commercial aviation using pilots, flight crew and ground staff. Now it has been reliably learnt that it [Daesh] has developed a multi layered programme of conducting aviation operation, including hijackings, armed attacks as well as detonation of aircrafts using concealed IEDs (improvised explosive devices). Daesh has also acquired the security equipment to test devices for aviation attacks which would be used to check detectability of IEDs concealed in luggage or in [items of] personal electronics,” the letter reads.

The latest warning comes when country’s airports are already placed on high alert amid security threats.

Although government denies presence of any Daesh footprints on Pakistani soil yet Jamatul Ahrar, a Taliban offshoot having links to the ISIS, claimed responsibility for most of the lethal bombings across Pakistan in recent years.


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