More than 8,000 Afghan nationals reach out to PIA

Lahore, 30th August: Pakistan’s national carrier PIA has received applications from 8,000 Afghan nationals to evacuate them from Afghanistan.

According to details, despite reports that the situation in Afghanistan has improved, more than 8,000 Afghan citizens have decided to leave the country in the wake of the Taliban takeover.

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According to media reports, the 8,000 applications received by Pakistan International Airline (PIA) so far include journalists, employees of multinational companies, UN workers and others who want to leave Afghanistan and go to EU countries, Canada and the United States.

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It has also emerged that PIA is the only commercial airline that has continued its flight operations in Afghanistan since the Taliban took control.

However, the flight operations to Kabul and Mazar-i-Sharif have now been suspended until permission from Afghan authorities to resume flights will come.

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A PIA spokesman confirmed that applications had been received from 7,000 to 8,000 people who wanted to leave Afghanistan, but that PIA was unable to operate flights to the Afghan capital due to the uncertain security and administrative situation at Kabul Airport.

According to PIA officials, it has come under notice that there is no ATC, radar and other facilities to operate commercial flights to Kabul, so PIA has suspended its flight operations in the meantime.

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