In the case of UK red listing Pakistan, the national airline Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) has carried more than 3,600 passengers to the UK.
According to reports, PIA carried more than 3,600 passengers in 13 chartered flights. Tickets from PIA were sold for up to Rs.255,000. Virgin Atlantic received up to Rs.4.5 million for carrying passengers en route Pakistan to UK. Meanwhile, British Airways made up to Rs. 6 lakh. A PIA spokesman said foreign airlines charged exorbitant fares from Pakistan to the UK.
In lieu of the ban on PIA’s entry into UK, chartered flights were hired by companies from Ireland, Portugal and Jordan. A spokesperson for PIA said that the operation was carried out by a chartered aircraft due to a ban imposed by the European Union. Moreover, PIA on the instructions of Air Marshal Arshad Malik, considered it a national duty to transport the passengers.
On the other hand, members of the British Parliament are reacting to the inclusion of Pakistan in the red list. More than 50 British MPs have written letters to the British Prime Minister, Foreign Secretary and Health Secretary seeking clarification on the inclusion of Pakistan in the red list. At the request of the Pakistani and Kashmiri community, members of the British Parliament were asked to provide details and reasons for red-listing the British government in their letters.
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