National flag carrier suspends int'l flight operation for fortnights
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National flag carrier suspends int’l flight operation for fortnights

ISLAMABAD, Saturday, March 21, 2020 (WNP): In light of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Pakistan announced on Saturday that it is suspending international flight operations for two weeks.

Special Assistant to the Prime Minister (SAPM) on National Security Division and Strategic Policy Planning Dr Moeed Yusuf, SAPM Dr Zafar Mirza and  Chairman National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), Lieutenant General Muhammad Afzal addressed a press conference in Islamabad this day.

Dr Yusuf said that a few international flights of Pakistan International Airlines will be allowed to return.

The decision will come into effect from Saturday night, 8pm, said Dr Yusuf.

According to a PIA spokesperson, the airline is suspending its international flight operations for a week.

The spokesperson added that the suspension will come into effect from March 21 until March 28.

The decision came in the backdrop of more than 500 cases of coronavirus across Pakistan, with Sindh being worst affected with above 260 cases.

Most of the cases were reported from abroad, especially when pilgrims from Iran came into Pakistan via Taftan border.

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