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Time for PIA to restore its image after successful humanitarian evacuation mission

Pakistan International Airline (PIA) is helping Asian Development Bank (ADB) and European Union (EU) to evacuate its employess from Afghanistan.

EU Ambassador to Pakistan Androulla Kaminara have requested Pakistan International Airline (PIA) and Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) for a special aircraft be provided for the evacuation of members of an European Union delegation and their employees stuck in Kabul on humanitarian grounds. “It is planned to evacuate 420 people, 251 of whom have priority and for whom a list has been drawn up,” the letter said.

European Union Ambassador have asked the Pakistani authorities to allow the passengers to leave the plane and stay in Islamabad for a few days until the situation get better and the representatives can return safely to their countries.

The Asian Development Bank has also written to Pakistan International Airline requesting the evacuation of its staff from Kabul.

So in total, Pakistan International Airline (PIA) has evacuated 1460 passengers mostly ‘foreign nationals’ from Kabul under its humanitarian mission after Taliban’s takeover, showing its professionalism to the world during a crisis situation.
The national flag carrier, which has been facing severe criticism over its mismanagement, nepotism, political appointments, corruption, fake pilots’ licenses, etc., for decades, is now receiving praises from the international community for conducting formidable humanitarian mission after the fall of Kabul and rescued 1460 passengers, mostly foreign nationals including diplomats and others.

Its the right time for Pakistan to present Pakistan International Airline (PIA) as a world class airline to the world and bargain in order to remove the ban imposed by European Union and other countries. PIA have established a good reputation in the world after executing successful and timely evacuation operation.

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