A flight of the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) landed at Zhob airport on Tuesday, making it operational after three years.
The flight, the first since 2018, departed from Karachi carrying 36 passengers, and landed at Zhob airport this afternoon.
At Zhob Airport, Provincial Minister Mitha Khan Kakar, General Manager PIA Bilal, Station Manager Zhob Airport Abdul Shakur and senior officials received the passengers of the first flight.
Pakistan International Airlines first flight PK 529 took 41 passengers also left Zhob for Karachi.
PIA will have two weekly flights from Zhob to Karachi on Tuesdays and Fridays and from Zhob to Karachi. The government has fixed a discount of Rs6,500 exclusively for passengers.
The people of the area expressed special gratitude to the federal government and the government of Balochistan for resuming flights from Zhob to Pakistan International Airlines.
On April 28, during a visit to Quetta, Prime Minister Imran Khan said that “elite capture” was responsible for economic divide in the society and stressed the need for an equitable model for across the board development.
The premier said that the government was focused on bringing prosperity to Balochistan through infrastructure and human development projects.
He regretted that serious steps had not been taken in the past, otherwise the country would have witnessed immense development. “Balochistan suffered apathy of previous rulers, who had the mind-set of ignoring the province,” he said.
The PM said that a small segment of society was occupying the resources of the country. “Our past rulers bought properties in the posh areas of London, where even the British Prime Minister could not afford to buy property,” he said.
“However, my ideology is about making Pakistan rise, by uplifting its weaker segments,” he said. “This was the model of development in the state of Madina that they did not build palaces, Pakistan will develop when the lower class will come up,” he added.
Published in The Express Tribune, May 19th, 2021.