Pakistan opens air route to Afghanistan for commercial cargo
Islamabad [Pakistan], Oct. 17 (ANI): Pakistan first opened its air trade route to commercial cargo destined for landlocked Afghanistan, Voice of America (VOA) reported.
Mohammad Sadiq, Pakistan’s special representative for Afghanistan, said in a tweet on Saturday: “Islamabad international airport is now open to high-value Afghan transit trade.” and the Afghan cargo in transit was then loaded into containers before being transported by road to Kabul via the Torkham Northwest Passage at the Afghan border, according to VOA.
“I commend Pakistan Customs for arranging the very first international cargo plane-to-truck transfer via Pakistan. It shows Pakistan’s commitment to a geoeconomically oriented foreign policy,” Sadiq said in the tweet. .
Earlier Thursday, Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) said it had immediately suspended operations in Kabul citing “security reasons”.
Abdullah Khan, spokesman for the national airline, confirmed this development, saying PIA operations in Kabul would remain suspended until further notice, Dawn reported.
The spokesman pointed out that the PIA had continued to fly in and out of Kabul under “difficult circumstances” while others had ceased operations. (ANI)