Rawalpindi—Secretary, Narcotics Control Division (NCD) Ajaz Ali Khan and Director General (DG) Anti Narcotics Force (ANF) Brig Muhammad Basharat Tahir Malik on Friday inaugurated latest body-scanners at Benazir Bhutto International Airport (BBIA) Islamabad.
Commander Anti Narcotics Force (ANF) North Brig Hamad Dogar, Airport Manager Amam Ullah Alvi, Senior Joint Director Civil Aviation Authority Naeem Ahmed Khan and representatives of other Airport Agencies were present on the occasion.
The event marked simultaneous operationalisation of drug scanners at Benazir Bhutto International Airport at Islamabad, Allama Iqbal International Airport at Lahore and Jinnah International Airport at Karachi.
Talking on the occasion, The Secretary NCD reiterated the government’s zero-tolerance policy against drugs. He said that the latest technology will be a great help in ‘Clean Travel’ of passengers from Pakistan to all countries of world.
DG ANF apprised that ANF has made special arrangements for training of its Airport staff under the supervision of manufacturer-experts at respective operational sites.
He said during training, two cases of ingested capsules were detected and cases have been registered.
The DG Anti Narcotics Force (ANF) affirmed his endeavors in capacity building of the force. Special gratitude was also paid to CAA for their cooperation & assistance at Islamabad Airport. ‘Braun’, the British company’s manufactured scanners were donated by Saudi Arabia government.
The DG said that the installation of these machines will substantially increase operational efficiency of Anti Narcotics Force (ANF) as the machine has latest technology and its trials have proved it to be more efficient, dependable, user friendly and congenial to the passengers.
The machine just takes seven seconds to scan a passenger; however some more time required for registration of passenger-data in the software.
The machine gives full-body view and abdominal view simultaneously. The body scanners resemble walk-through-gates, which will make it possible to detect drugs, ingested material or concealed items under fabrics.
The scanners are not 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.