Scanner installed at Torkhem border to monitor travellers
PESHAWAR—A passenger facilitation centre equipped with a modern scanner machine has been set up at Torkhem border post for checking people travelling between Pakistan and Afghanistan. Collector Customs Peshawar, Qurban Ali Khan inaugurated the facilitation centre by unveiling plaque at a ceremony held on Tuesday.
Speaking on the occasion, Collector Customs, Qurban Ali Khan said installation of scanner machine for checking travellers is part of efforts of Pakistan government to comply with international obligations of improving border management.
Pakistan Customs, he continued, is striving for fully computerization of its operations and use of modern technology in checking of goods. Presently about 90 percent of trade from Pakistan including import and export has been computerized for which the We BOC (Web Based Online Customs) has been introduced and installed at all im- portant ports.
Collector Customs also informed the participants of the ceremony that improvement in checking system at Torkhem has been taken in the wake of directions of Supreme Court of Pakistan, which instructed for installation of modern system for checking travellers and their luggage. The apex court, Qurban Ali continued, had sent a special commission to inspect arrangements of checking at Torkhem border post in March 2016. He said thousands of people cross Pak-Afghan border on daily basis and there was quite difficult to check all of them properly.
He said for checking of female travellers, Pakistan Customs has appointed five female searchers who will now properly check women especially those who are wearing full veil. He also agreed with a questioner that improved checking will result in better security and it was a long standing demand of security forces of improving checking at border posts.
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