Pakistani airline suspends Afghanistan operations due to Taliban interference

Pakistani airline suspends Afghanistan operations due to Taliban interference

Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) suspended flights to Afghanistan's capital Kabul on Thursday, citing excessive interference by Taliban officials. This included arbitrarily changing rules and intimidating employees. Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) is the only international company to operate regularly from Kabul since the Taliban occupation in Afghanistan.

Service suspended after order to cut ticket prices

Pakistan International Airlines is the only international company to operate regularly from Kabul after the Taliban took over and the interim government was formed. The PIA suspended its service after the Taliban government had ordered a cut in airline ticket prices in the past.

A PIA spokesman said that 'due to the strictness of the Afghan authorities, we are suspending our flights to Kabul from today.' Earlier, the Taliban had warned the PIA and Afghan carrier Kam Air that their flight operations to Afghanistan would remain blocked unless they agreed to cut ticket prices as inaccessible to most Afghans. level has been reached.

The cost of tickets for flights to Islamabad is 2.5 thousand dollars

Most international airlines no longer fly to Afghanistan. According to travel agents in Kabul, flight tickets on PIA to the Pakistani capital Islamabad are selling for up to $2,500, up from $120-150 earlier.

The Afghan Ministry of Transport said in a statement that ticket prices on the Kabul to Islamabad route should be adjusted according to ticket conditions before the victory of the 'Islamic Emirate' or flights will be suspended. It had urged passengers and others to report anyone violating the rules.

Taliban's behavior with Pak officers is very scary

More than a million Western citizens and Afghans were evacuated after the Taliban took over. Flights between Afghanistan and Pakistan have been severely limited since the reopening of Kabul airport last month.

The PIA said that since the new Taliban government was formed, its employees in Kabul have faced last-minute changes in rules and flight permissions and "extremely intimidating behavior" from Taliban commanders. It said that the representative of Pakistan was kept at gunpoint in Kabul for hours and was freed only after the intervention of the Pakistan Embassy

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