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PIA suspends flight operations to Afghanistan


The Pakistan International Airlines said on Thursday that it was suspending flights from Kabul after what it called “heavy handed” interference by Taliban authorities, including arbitrary rule changes and intimidation of staff.

The statement came as the Taliban government ordered the airline, the only international company operating regularly out of Kabul, to cut ticket prices to the levels from before the fall of the Western-backed government in August.

“We are suspending our flight operations to Kabul from today because of the heavy handedness of the authorities,” a spokesman said.

The national flag carrier is one of the few airlines operating flights to the neighbouring country.

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According to media reports, the PIA is also facilitating the international community in facilitating evacuation efforts and relief goods supplies to the country.

Sources said on Wednesday, the national flag carrier would take the decision related to halting flight operations in the coming days. They added that authorities have decided to take up the matter with higher authorities.

The PIA administration’s reaction came after the “unprofessional” behaviour of the Taliban government and the Afghan Civil Aviation.

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