PESHAWAR: Security at Peshawar’s Bacha Khan International Airport has been ramped up following a bomb threat aboard a Dubai-bound flight.
An emergency was declared on the Shaheen Air International flight NL-786 which was scheduled to depart from Peshawar at 2:30 pm.
Shaheen Air Station Manager Mushtaq has denied a bomb threat, saying the flight was suspended for “operational reasons”.
Civil Aviation Authority sources, however, confirmed the threat and said a search operation is under way.
The flight has been evacuated and a thorough search is being conducted of passengers and their luggage.
The Bomb Disposal Squad was called in to aid the search operation.
Security sources confirmed the flight has been offloaded and a security check is ongoing.