The airline mentioned situations had worsened because the Taliban shaped a brand new Afghan authorities final month and that “PIA and its staff position in Kabul were dealt with very heavy-handedly by the new [Taliban] commanders.” PIA mentioned commanders had been “changing regulations and flight permissions at the last moments or deciding at a whim rather than meeting international regulations.”
The assertion additionally claimed that PIA’s nation consultant was “held up at gun point for hours when he left the Pakistan embassy compound” on the Taliban’s “suspicion of aiding and abetting” folks looking for to flee Afghanistan.
PIA additionally accused Afghanistan’s aviation ministry of slashing half the variety of passengers from one flight this week that was already within the means of checking in. “This resulted in 176 people, fleeing for their lives, being sent back home by the airline officials, causing nearly half a million-dollar loss to the airline due to higher insurance costs,” the airline mentioned.
PIA spokesman Abdullah Khan advised NCS on Thursday that the choice to resume flying into Kabul “was taken on purely humanitarian grounds, and on the strong insistence of friendly organizations.”
Khan mentioned the insurance coverage premium on these flights is “so high” that it’s “simply impossible to operate scheduled flights to Kabul, as it is still considered a war zone by aircraft insurance companies.”
Khan additionally mentioned that “it is very frustrating that the regulations keep on changing for each flight and the authorities always confuse charter permissions with schedule permissions.”
Khan mentioned PIA would reevaluate its choice to droop flights “if the situation on ground improves and [becomes] more conducive for international operations.”