PIA to bring back passengers from Afghanistan

The Pakistan International Airlines will run special flights to bring back Pakistanis stuck in Afghanistan, according to Foreign Office spokesperson Zahid Hafeez Chaudhri.

Pakistan International Airline (PIA) has thus far evacuated 1460 passengers mostly, foreign nationals, from Kabul under its humanitarian mission after Taliban’s takeover, showing its professionalism to the world during a crisis situation.

The Foreign Ministry has formed a special cell through which people seeking to leave Afghanistan will be provided on-arrival visas according to the foreign office spokesperson.

The foreign office has assured that the relocation from Kabul will be facilitated by Pakistan, whether it’s of media officials, journalists or employees of international organizations.

The government is monitoring the situation in Kabul as the security situation in the neighboring country is evolving rapidly.

Minister for Aviation Sarwar Khan said the situation was being reviewed for operating more flights to other cities of Afghanistan. The PIA administration has been in constant touch with the new Afghan government, civil aviation and NATO officials for return flights.

PIA has been in contact with the new Afghan administration staff and on-site security agencies. Prime Minister Imran Khan and other senior government officials were also being updated about progress thus far.

The national flag carrier, which has been facing severe criticism over its mismanagement, nepotism, political appointments, corruption, fake pilots’ licenses, etc., for decades, is now receiving praises from the international community for conducting formidable humanitarian mission after the fall of Kabul and rescued 1460 passengers, mostly foreign nationals including diplomats and others.

The European Union (EU), which had imposed a ban on PIA for its flight operations in Europe, also acknowledged the professionalism shown by the national flag carrier during an ongoing crisis situation in Kabul and requested the airline to airlift 420 employees of the EU delegation in Kabul and their dependents on humanitarian grounds.