Fighting terrorism: Japan extends grant assistance of Rs453 million to Pakistan

The grant will be used to install face recognition systems at major international airports in Pakistan


News Desk February 24, 2017
Tariq Mahmood Pasha, Secretary of Economic Affairs Division and Takashi Kurai, Ambassador of Japan to Pakistan. PHOTO: EXPRESS

In a bid to help Pakistan take foolproof security measures against a fresh wave of terrorism, Japan has agreed to extend a grant aid of Rs453 million ($4.43 million) to the government of Pakistan under its “Economic and Social Development Programme”.

According to a statement issued by the Japanese Embassy in a press release on Friday, the grant will be utilised to install face recognition systems – a computer application capable of identifying or verifying an individual from a digital image of human face images captured by CCTVs – at major international airports in Pakistan.

A grant-aid agreement in this matter was signed between Japanese Ambassador Takashi Kurai and Economic Affairs Division (EAD) Secretary Tariq Mahmood Pasha at the EAD on Friday on behalf of their respective governments.

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The grant assistant has been designed to promote economic and social developments in the field of security improvement and counterterrorism by providing the face recognition systems at Pakistani airports, said the press release.

It added that the system, equipped with advanced Japanese technology, aims to protect local and international travellers from any unexpected situation by enhancing airport security.

Ambassador Kurai also expressed his deepest condolence to the victims of recent terror attacks in the country, particularly in Lahore and Peshawar.

Renewing Japan’s commitment to continue supporting Pakistan in its fight against terrorism, Kurai said any “terror attack cannot be justified for any reasons.”

“This grant aid reflects our strong commitment to supporting the effort of Pakistan against terrorism, said the ambassador.

He also emphasised that improving the security situation in Pakistan was highly important for successful socioeconomic development in the country.

Japan has a history of assisting Pakistan on the issues that matter the most.

In 2016, the Government of Japan had also financed the installation of a face recognition systems at the Jinnah International Airport, Karachi which is being currently being implemented.

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COMMENTS (2)

Mushtaq | 4 years ago | Reply Face recognition software can be easily developed in Pakistan without any outside help. For this Japan does not need to provide 453 million grant. Why are Japanese so desperate to provide grant for this kids project which can be implemented and deployed with the help of any Pakistani university.
Met | 4 years ago | Reply Finally! Those outdated webcams FIA has on Jinnah Int Airport I dont know whats its used for those cameras been there for 10 years now. We need better scanners/ Cameras to monitors whose entering Pak.
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