Rahim Yar Khan: A teenager`s inspiration from a TV programme and quest for adventure landed him in trouble as an Airport Security Force patrol arrested him at the runway of Sheikh Zayed International Airport on Sunday morning.
The ASF arrested 17-year-old Muhammad Awais of Iqbalabad, a small town at national highway some 18 kilometers from Rahim Yar Khan, at runway at 7.35am. After initial interrogation ASF handed him overto airport police station.
According to police, Awais had been absent from his house for the last night and his father filed a complaint with Iqbalabad police station.
During investigation, Awais told the police that he was inspired by a programme `Man versus wild` on National Geographic channel and decided to enter the runway of the airport.
Police recovered a torch, six maps, nine candles, six knives, seven lighters, three cutters, three compasses, two pairs of gloves, a calculator, a steel rod, saw and a jacket from the bag of Awais. Police said Awaiswanted to `board` a flight scheduled for Lahore and Islamabad at 12.30pm.
Police have registered an FIR 146/15 under section 449 of PPC (13 Anti-National Activity Act 1974) and are investigating the case from different angles.
ASF Officer Commanding (OC) Sheikh Zayed International Airport Sher Ali did not attend the call.
In the afternoon, PRO to acting District Police Officer Tariq Illahi Mastoi released an SMS that City DSP Ishfaq Gujjar would brief the journalists about the airport incident but he did not contact newsmen despite repeated calls.