ISLAMABAD: PIA has taken a stern action to keep its fleet free from any effort of smuggling Narcotics or other contraband items through PIA aircraft. PIA Spokesman said on Monday. The initiative was taken in the light of recommendations made by Central Operational Committee formed by Aviation Division who had ordered to thoroughly search all aircraft immediately for any concealed contraband items.
PIA Spokesman further said that four aircraft were planned to be searched on Monday, out of which one aircraft, that was destined to fly to London from Islamabad PK785, was thoroughly checked and 20kg heroin was recovered.
The combined search was made by ANF along with PIA security and other agencies. The screening check was conducted well before the flight departure and boarding of passengers. The boarding of passengers was done after the aircraft was cleared and the flight departed after a delay of two hours. The matter is now under investigation by the concerned agencies.
Advisor to Prime Minister on Aviation Sardar Mehtab Ahmad Khan has ordered for speedy investigation to probe for the culprits who will be dealt with according to law. Meanwhile, an investigation team has been formed under the convenorship of Mr. Hussain Asghar, Additional IG Punjab Police to unearth this racket. PIA Spokesman concluded.