Pakistani airline suspends Afghanistan flights because of Taliban ‘heavy-handedness’

First Pakistan International Airlines flight since foreign troop withdrawal lands in Kabul

The airline stated circumstances had worsened because the Taliban shaped a brand new Afghan authorities final month and that “PIA and its staff position in Kabul were dealt with very heavy-handedly by the new [Taliban] commanders.” PIA stated commanders had been “changing regulations and flight permissions at the last moments or deciding at a whim rather than meeting international regulations.”

The assertion additionally claimed that PIA’s nation consultant was “held up at gun point for hours when he left the Pakistan embassy compound” on the Taliban’s “suspicion of aiding and abetting” individuals searching for to flee Afghanistan.

PIA additionally accused Afghanistan’s aviation ministry of slashing half the variety of passengers from one flight this week that was already within the strategy of checking in. “This resulted in 176 people, fleeing for their lives, being sent back home by the airline officials, causing nearly half a million-dollar loss to the airline due to higher insurance costs,” the airline stated.

PIA resumed some charter flights into Kabul on September 13, nearly a month after the Taliban swept into the capital and seized management of Afghanistan.

PIA spokesman Abdullah Khan advised Source on Thursday that the choice to renew flying into Kabul “was taken on purely humanitarian grounds, and on the strong insistence of friendly organizations.”

Khan stated the insurance coverage premium on these flights is “so high” that it’s “simply impossible to operate scheduled flights to Kabul, as it is still considered a war zone by aircraft insurance companies.”

Khan additionally stated that “it is very frustrating that the regulations keep on changing for each flight and the authorities always confuse charter permissions with schedule permissions.”

Khan stated PIA would reevaluate its choice to droop flights “if the situation on ground improves and [becomes] more conducive for international operations.”

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