Pakistan airports to get security gear

Kyodo

Japan has extended Pakistan a $20 million grant for installation of security equipment at airports serving Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad to help them meet international requirements.

“Our assistance to Pakistan has been broadened to a security sphere,” Japanese Ambassador Hiroshi Inomata said at a signing ceremony Thursday. “The airport project that I cemented today is part of Japan’s assistance to respond to what Pakistan really needs today.”

Fourteen sets of explosive detection systems, three sets of vehicle scanners and three sets of vehicle cargo scanners will be installed at the three airports in October 2015. Training will also be provided to operators of the equipment.

The equipment should help the airports lower the risk of security-related incidents and meet the security standards set by the U.S. and EU, the Japanese Embassy said.

“It is my great honor that international flights departing from Pakistan will obtain compliance and gain credibility with the help of Japanese people and our government,” Inomata said.