Pakistan’s ambassador back in Kabul; PIA flights resumed


ISLAMABAD – Minister for Information and Broadcasting Chaudhry Fawad Hussain said on Wednesday that PIA has again resumed its flights operations for Kabul.

In a tweet, the minister said: Pakistan’s commendable evacuation efforts are continuing PIA has again resumed its operations today up till now we have evacuated 1100 personnel from Kabul”.

He further said that Pakistan Ambassador to Afghanistan Mansoor Khan reached back in Kabul, adding that Prime Minister Imran Khan has directed all officials in Kabul to facilitate the evacuation efforts.

On Monday, the national carrier suspended Kabul flight operations following the Chaotic situation at the Kabul airport after the Taliban regained power in the country.

A PIA spokesperson had said, “There is no security and staff at the Kabul airport and a large number of people crowded the airport tarmac.”

He maintained that the airline made the decision after holding consultations with the Foreign Ministry and Civil Aviation Authority of Afghanistan.

The Taliban making sweeping advances amid the withdrawal of foreign troops on Sunday took control of the country, ousting former president Ashraf Ghani’s government.

As the Taliban announced their victory, Pakistan suggested an inclusive political settlement as the way forward representing all Afghan ethnic groups.

A meeting of the National Security Committee was held to deliberate on the emerging situation in Afghanistan on Monday.

The NSC meeting was chaired by Prime Minister Imran Khan and attended by senior cabinet members and services chiefs.

The NSC noted that Pakistan was a victim of the decades long conflict in Afghanistan and therefore desired peace and stability in the neighborhood. It was emphasized that the world must recognize the sacrifices made by Pakistan over four decades.

It was reaffirmed that Pakistan would continue to work with the international community and all Afghan stakeholders to facilitate an inclusive political settlement in the country. It was stressed that the principle of non-interference in Afghanistan must be adhered to.

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