Pakistan Runs Its 1st Commercial Flight To Kabul Since Taliban Takeover

Since the Taliban tookover Afghanistan in mid of August, Pakistan’s national air-carrier on Monday ran its first commercial flight to Kabul.

“The Pakistan International Airline (PIA) flight – PK 6429 – took foreign journalists to Kabul and returned with a team of World Bank and international media organisations,” Radio Pakistan reported.

In a statement, PIA Chief Executive Officer Air Marshal Arshad Malik said the objective of the flight is to promote goodwill between Pakistan and Afghanistan.

He said this flight operation is very important for PIA and the entire world. He also expressed hope that the flight operation would soon be fully restored.

The Kabul airport is not fully operational for international flights though, chartered flights of Qatar Airlines have flown out hundreds of US, German, Afghan, and other citizens from the airport last week.

The airport has also been receiving international flights carrying humanitarian aid and the domestic flights have been resumed since early September, Afghanistan’s Khaama news reported.

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