Pakistani airline suspends Afghanistan flights due to Taliban ‘heavy-handedness’

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The airline said the situation had worsened since the Taliban formed a new Afghan government last month and that “the situation with the PIA and its employees in Kabul was dealt with very heavily by the new. [Taliban] Commander.” The PIA said the commanders were “changing rules and flight permissions at the last minute or making decisions instead of meeting international regulations.”

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The statement also claimed that the country’s representative of the PIA was held “at gunpoint for hours after he was suspected of aiding and abetting those trying to flee Afghanistan” of the Taliban from the Pakistan embassy compound. was out.

The PIA also accused Afghanistan’s aviation ministry of halving the number of passengers this week from a flight that was already in the process of check-in. “This resulted in 176 people fleeing for their lives, being deported back home by airline executives, causing the airline to lose approximately half a million dollars due to high insurance costs,” the airline said.

PIA resumes some charter flights The Taliban entered Kabul on 13 September, nearly a month after the Taliban had entered the capital and captured Afghanistan.

PIA spokesman Abdullah Khan told Granthshala on Thursday that the decision to resume flying in Kabul was taken “on purely humanitarian grounds, and at the strong insistence of friendly organisations.”

Khan said the insurance premiums on these flights are “so high” that “it is impossible to operate scheduled flights to Kabul, as it is still considered a war zone by aircraft insurance companies.”

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Khan also said that “it is very disappointing that the rules keep changing for each flight and the authorities always confuse charter permissions with schedule permissions.”

Khan said the PIA would re-evaluate its decision to suspend flights “if the ground situation improves and”. [becomes] More suited for international operations.”


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