Islamabad: The roads leading to Pakistan’s Multan Airport has been put on lockdown and the flights suspended after reports of firing and explosions, stated the Pakistan media on Monday. A Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) was also allegedly issued till 8:00 AM (local time) on Monday for the Multan International Airport.
“This is confirmed that there is some problem and some kind of incident has taken place but there is nothing like an attack. Roads leading to Multan Airport are closed,” Pakistani journalist Ahmad Noorani tweeted on Monday.
Later he tweeted that the Lahore-Dubai flight scheduled at 3:20 AM took off at 3:55 AM. Adding that currently there is no problem with air traffic, Noorani warded off rumours of high jet activity and stated that the incident near Multan Airport Area has been dealt with and there is no emergency situation in Multan at the moment.
“This Multan bound flight is not going towards Multan. Different social media accounts are claiming that sounds of heavy firing in Multan Airport Area can be heard. No confirmations…,” he added.
However, conflicting reports of the incident are emerging with another Pakistani journalist claiming that a small aircraft had caught fire at the airport.”Some people saying a small aircraft caught fire at the airport, nothing is confirmed though,” Faizan Lakhani tweeted.
Meanwhile, a Twitter user named F. Jeffrey, who claims to be a part of a think tank, claimed that a security incident has taken place. “What is verified is that a security incident happened. But we don’t know yet what exactly happened,” he tweeted. Confirmed reports about the incident are awaited.
(With agency inputs)