Jinnah International Airport Karachi. — File photo

ISLAMABAD, Feb 26: A Customs Tactical Command and Operations Centre being built with funds provided by the US Department of Defence will be manned and operated solely by Pakistani anti-narcotic officials, with absolutely no involvement of American personnel, according to a US embassy spokesman.

Responding to a report published in Tuesday's Dawn, the spokesman said that the Customs Centre at the Karachi airport was being built on the request of Pakistan government “to support Pakistani Customs’ fight against narcotics smuggling”. The project consists of the design and construction of two new buildings for the Pakistani Customs’ Drugs Enforcement Cell.

The spokesman said the US Army Corps of Engineers’ (USACE) role was to oversee the award of the contract for the project and supervise its implementation.

“No US military or other USG personnel will be involved in the construction, operation, or staffing of this centre, which will be exclusively owned and operated by the Government of Pakistan.”

According to him, “this project will enable the Government of Pakistan to coordinate rapid response to narcotics and contraband smuggling and is a tangible representation of the joint United States-Pakistan commitment to address this important issue”.

Updated Feb 26, 2013 09:12pm

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M. Asghar
Feb 27, 2013 10:25am
Nobody is against installing this system, but one has to ensure oneself continuously that this place is not used in an underhand manner for foreign activities harmful to the interests of the country.
Jamshed Khan
Feb 27, 2013 07:20am
No Customs Tactical Command and Operations Centre can help without the honesty of the officials. The problem is not that they can't catch smugglers; the problem is they don't want to. This is their main source of income. Are the Americans also providing the officials with honesty pills?
Feb 27, 2013 06:53am
What difference does it make? Americans are kings here. They can do whatever they want.They are already running Islamabad.
Sacha Khan
Feb 27, 2013 06:39am
well, that's great. quite a big achievement for Pakistan. operating its own airport Shabash and keep it up
Feb 28, 2013 02:38pm
How about outsourcing our government on a contract basis over to a foreign governor that knows how to run a country? All Pakistan needs is good management and we all know what kind of managers Pakistanis are.