MNA carrying gun creates scene at airport…

RAWALPINDI, July 15: Unruly scenes were witnessed at the Islamabad airport’s VIP Rawal Lounge on Friday night when a parliamentarian belonging to the ruling coalition insisted on carrying a firearm aboard and hurled threats at the Airport Security Force (ASF) official on duty.

Sources said Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) MNA Abid Ali Umang along with his colleague MNA Mohammad Pervez Qureshi arrived at the Rawal Lounge to take a PIA flight (PK-319) to Karachi.

The two legislators were allowed to enter the lounge without a security check after they identified themselves as MNAs. However, when the ASF official on duty inquired about the contents of a bag carried by Mr Umang, the latter replied: “There is a pistol in the bag.” The ASI told the lawmaker that carrying firearms was strictly prohibited, therefore, he could not proceed.

This infuriated the MNA and he entered into a fiery dialogue with the ASF official. Later, the ‘protesting’ MNA was also joined by his colleague.

As tension mounted, the ASF chief security officer rushed to the scene at around 10:30pm and settled the issue through talks.

The security chief also tender an apology to the minister and transferred the ASF official to some other section of the airport.

The sources also quoted the MNA as saying that he would move a privilege motion in the National Assembly if the ASI concerned was not dismissed from service.

Meanwhile, the MNAs never made it aboard the Karachi-bound flight as they were not holding confirmed tickets.

Taken from Dawn newspaper site

Thank you Erum for suggesting the story.

5 Comments so far

  1. Moin (unregistered) on July 19th, 2006 @ 10:50 pm

    These MNA’s deserve to be put before a firing squad. The law is the law. NO ONE other than an air marshal is permitted to carry firearms aboard an a/c. If this were in a foreign country, he would have been arrested on sight, irrespective of whom so ever he was.

    No wonder this country is going to the dogs. We need to eradicate this vermin from our midst.

  2. sheepoo (unregistered) on July 20th, 2006 @ 2:29 am

    One word to describe all these politicians

  3. Fauzan Sohail (unregistered) on July 21st, 2006 @ 12:36 pm

    Moin, your point is absolutely valid. However, there is a much more pressing need to give more power in the hands of the authority! Why did the chief of security displace the ASF Official on duty to some other area of the Airport? Our management is weak, that is why the likes of such politicians can get away with such affairs.

    The vermin will always be there. It’s the pesticide control squad that needs to shake off their bangles and step up to the challenge!

  4. Erum (unregistered) on July 21st, 2006 @ 4:12 pm

    Talha, You’re welcome.

    I was shocked to read this news item. It only shows how illiterate and status conscious our politicians are, they just get away with anything, which is ridiculous! The person should be thrown out of the ministry for such a behaviour. This VIP culture is eating up our nation and Isb/Rwp is so full of it (no offence). Well, as a matter of fact, you find it in every part of our country.

    Moin: Does PIA have Sky marshals carrying arms on board for events like hijackings etc.? Just curious.

    Fauzan: Thats the main issue. Unfortunately, in Pakistan no one dares to say anything to the people in power. If they do, they know they’ll lose their jobs.

  5. Asma (unregistered) on July 24th, 2006 @ 5:33 pm

    Cool :)

    Jokes apart … this is becoming a growing culture of our country !

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