PIA cancels flights to Afghanistan due to volatile security situation

Aizbah KhanWeb Editor

17th Aug, 2021. 04:21 pm
PIA cancels today's flight operations for Kabul

Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) has cancelled its flights to Afghanistan due to the volatile security situation at Kabul airport.

According to the report, PIA spokesman Abdullah Hafeez said the decision was made in consultation with the Foreign Ministry and Afghan Civil Aviation.

It is believed that videos and photos released on social media showed a mob running on the runway and climbing the steps of an American aviation plane.

Abdullah Hafeez said that Pakistan has suspended flights at Kabul Airport due to an unstable security situation. He added that the decision was taken to ensure the “safety of passengers, staff and assets”.

The spokesman said that the PIA had decided to increase its flights to Kabul to repatriate 900 Pakistanis and other foreigners, in view of which permission was sought from the Foreign Ministry to operate special flights.

He had said that PIA was to send three flights to Kabul on Monday.

However, the PIA decided to suspend its flights to Kabul after the mob forcibly entered the runways and entrances of the planes, seized the passenger plane and prevented the American aviation plane from taking off.

 

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