US not given permission to operate from Karachi airport: Defence secretary

Published: February 27, 2013

Jinnah International Airport in Karachi. PHOTO: PPI/ FILE

Defence Secretary Lieutenant General Asif Yaseen Malik refuted media reports about US Army Corps of Engineers being granted permission to build a Tactical Command and Operations Centre (TCOC) compound at Jinnah International Airport in Karachi, Express News reported on Wednesday.

Lt General Malik told the National Assembly’s Standing Committee on Defence that the media reports were being investigated.

Earlier this week, media outlets in Pakistan quoted official US military documents from the  Middle East District which stated that the US Army will build a compound “to exchange information with Pakistan Customs Drug Enforcement Cell concerning smuggling activities in and around Karachi”.

“US Army Corps of Engineers intends to solicit a Request for Proposal (RFP) to construction firms or Joint Ventures (JV) experienced in working in the Middle East region who are interested in submitting a proposal for the design and construction of tactical command and operations centre compound in Karachi,” Dawn had quoted the documents as saying.

The Dawn report also said that the company which would get contract would be responsible for designing the building of a two-storey TCOC consisting of a main block and an interrogation cell building that would be built separately.

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Reader Comments (8)

  • bilal
    Feb 27, 2013 - 4:21PM

    the whole pakistan is yours. build it anywhere you want. what about the President house i mean the bilawal house

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  • Ali
    Feb 27, 2013 - 4:44PM

    As if the US is not already tactically controlling everything in Pakistan.

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  • Nasir Mahmood
    Feb 27, 2013 - 4:58PM

    They asked for extra land for the Embassy in Islamabad and got without delay and any hindrence. Where there is fire, there is smoke.

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  • Afaaq
    Feb 27, 2013 - 7:15PM

    US getting land for their embassy has nothing to do with the dire security situation Pakistan faces. Can you blame the US for not allowing direct flights?

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  • Enlightened
    Feb 27, 2013 - 10:17PM

    Rightly so, the all weather Chinese friends has the priority over the Americans and the offer of the same including the whole city has been dispatched and their reply is still awaited.

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  • poleturtle
    Feb 28, 2013 - 1:30AM

    When they say NO they mean they have not been asked. Americans don’t need permissions. They just inform the government. Like the Drones, Abbottabad attack, NATO supplies, cross border attacks .
    Also when the Chinese get the Seaport the Americans get the Airport. Fair deal !!

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  • Pagall
    Feb 28, 2013 - 4:03AM

    They have already constructed around 70 % at Diplomatic Enclave in Islamabad.
    what else they need?

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  • Yuri Kondratyuk
    Feb 28, 2013 - 8:56AM

    As if the Viceroy needs a colonials’ permission!

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