Parliamentary delegation's visit to Afghanistan postponed due to 'security reasons'

Visit postponed after digging crew found undetonated explosive material at HKIA airport, says Pakistan's ambassador


Our Correspondent April 08, 2021

ISLAMABAD:

The parliamentary delegation's visit to Afghanistan has been postponed due to security reasons, it emerged on Thursday.

The delegation, headed by Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser, was to embark on a three-day visit to the country from today.

Pakistan's ambassador, Mohammad Sadiq, said Kabul Airport was closed due to a security threat, causing the postponement of the scheduled visit.

"New dates for the visit will be decided after mutual consultations," he added.

Pakistan's Ambassador in Kabul Mansoor Ahmad Khan, while quoting officials of Operation Resolute Support, said that a digging crew found undetonated explosive material that appears to have been buried there for some time during construction work at Hamid Karzai International Airport.

He said that the Turkish military experts conducted a controlled detonation to render the device safe, adding that flight operations resumed shortly thereafter.

Meanwhile, Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) also confirmed that its Kabul-bound PK-249 flight has returned to Islamabad. According to the national flag carrier, the flight was not allowed to land at Kabul airport over security reasons

Earlier, in an informal talk with media persons prior to the visit, Qaiser said that Pakistan wanted to boost people to people contacts with Kabul to further cement bilateral ties.

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He informed that the delegation-level talks would revolve around the subjects of trade and investment. The delegation was also scheduled to call upon Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and Foreign Minister Muhammad Hanif during its visit.

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