Security Gadgets Worth Billions

Suicide%20Bomb%20Jammer.jpgIn the backdrop of terror attack threats in different parts of Pakistan, the Ministry of Interior has moved a summary to the Finance Division putting in place a demand for purchase of hi-tech security gadgets with their estimated cost in billions of rupees.

At present, the security outfits don’t have electronic vehicle scanners to check vehicles laden with explosives being used in suicide bombings. The ministry has asked for the purchase of 18 vehicle scanners for installation at sensitive places. Vehicle scanners were so expensive that earlier the government had to drop the idea in the past when state-of-the-art gadgets were imported to secure president and prime minister from terrorists.

However the Counter-Terrorism Wing moved a summary to the Central Board of Revenue, requesting its approval for the purchase of vehicle scanners. The summary says these scanners would be installed at all entrances to the capital to check the transportation of vehicles laden with explosives. They would also be installed at Diplomatic Enclave and defence establishments to prevent any untoward happening.

Vehicle scanners are considered the most expensive among security gadgets. The cheapest scanner available in the market is manufactured in China. The cost of a Chinese scanner has been estimated around Rs132m ($2.2m). It means 18 scanners would cost the public exchequer Rs2.37bn. At present, there is only one scanner installed at Port Qasim in Karachi.

The security bosses have floated the idea many a time but it could not mature, given the huge sums of money required for the purpose. But as security threats continue to persist, the Ministry of Interior’s request is being seriously considered.

The Islamabad Police were put on high alert this week after intelligence reports that a suicide bomber had entered the capital for terror attempt.

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