I WOULD like to highlight the miseries faced by international travellers at Islamabad international airport.

Despite being the gateway to the capital city of Pakistan, the terminal terribly lacks the capacity to handle the number of passengers it actually deals, not to mention the state of cleanliness.

The overstretched long queues for departure end up at a bottleneck at Anti- Narcotics Force checking counters where the baggage is searched manually by individuals.

This time consuming process causes inconvenience to the passengers of unpacking and packing. After getting through the ANF search, the baggage is scanned by x-ray machines before reaching the check-in counters.

After having received the boarding passes the passengers are once again faced by long queues at immigration counters.

The whole process at the airport until reaching the departure lounge takes around two troublesome hours. I request the authorities concerned to implement the following:

The arrival and departure time of different international flights to be staggered to avoid congestion at both arrival and departure lounges.

The ANF to use sniffing dogs and more counters to accomplish checks timely and efficiently and immigration counters must be increased.

I witnessed a disgruntled person asking his young child: “Will you dare to visit Pakistan again?” I politely requested him not to create a negative impression of our motherland on innocent minds. The conditions would certainly improve if those who matter care.

M. KHALID KAMAL Doha, Qatar

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Husain Jan
April 19, 2013 6:42 am
The reason for this great mess is the prevalent VIP culture in our country. Not only MPs but even their whole families, relatives and friends etc are treated like VIPs and get special treatment and so they care a damn about the problems faced by common man. The incident of Shahrukh Jatoi who was helped out reportedly by an employee of PIA without getting exit stamp on his passport is a fit case to understand the whole scenario of VIP culture. Shahrukh just belongs to an influential landlord, not to family of any MP but still he was provided special rather criminal facility by FIA. Under the given scenario how can masses hope for human treatment ?
Abdul Malik
April 19, 2013 1:00 pm
Sorry, but I strongly disagree. The parent rightly so asked the right question to his son; if he will ever visit Pakistan again. I have been witnessing ISB airport since 1977 and it has gone from bad to worse. The politicians, bureaucrats and the elite were conviniently and comfortably pass through the VIP & VVIP lounges and could not care less for the difficulties faced by ordinary passengers. Things will never change and there is no negative impression about our motherland. These impressions are a ground realities and we must come to grip with such realities. Let us stop living in self denial.
Agha Ata (USA)
April 19, 2013 2:09 pm
Maybe, our government wants us to travel by our luxury trains.
mrs .sofia rehman.
April 19, 2013 5:35 pm
Islamabad airport can easily get the award for the WORST AIIRPORT IN THE WORLD,i feel ashamed that this is capitals airport,the incompetency,the disorganisation,the bribe culture,the disgusting state of the building.....its a shame.
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