Abandoned Basal Airport: The Historic British Airport from 2nd World War

The historic abandoned airport is located in the village basal in Jand constituency of district Attock, from the Punjab province. If you travel on Kohat road, from Jand, approximately 22km drive, there comes mithyal chowk and more 3km away there is Kisraan chowk from where you have to go left to reach out to your destination. The road is very rough and broken. After for more 500-meter drive, here comes the premise of the abandoned airport. The airport has a 2km long runway. Some signs of cement structure indicate the premises of the airport. Along with the airport, there is a 4km long taxiway that joints the runway from two ways. Ironically, there is no proper building or structure on the location that can consider as airport building however, there are two pillars of some unknown building. The formation of the airport has several myths. Some people believe that it was constructed at the end of the 19th century however, some beliefs about the beginning of the 20th century. Though, it is confirmed that it was built in the era of British rule for the sake of war and military activities. It is not confirmed about First World War however, in the Second World War, the airport was used by the British military. Some locals believe, in the war of 1965 and 1971 between India and Pakistan, this airport was partially used by the Pakistan Airforce. In the contemporary situation, the airport is destroyed and abandoned. The only use of this historic abandoned airport remains as for driving practices and sports activities by the locals. According to the local villagers, till 2000, the airport was used by the Pakistan Airforce for the partial aircraft landing training however, from the long time PAF did not pay any attention to this historic and precious airport.

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