Pakistan seeks clarification from Bangladesh on harassment of PIA crew, passengers

Bangladeshi intelligence officers reportedly harassing PIA officials for past two months


Web Desk February 26, 2015
Bangladeshi intelligence officers reportedly harassing PIA officials for past two months. PHOTO: REUTERS

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has contacted Bangladesh High Commission, seeking clarification on Bangladeshi security agencies harassing Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) crew and passengers, Foreign Office (FO) spokesperson Tasneem Aslam said on Thursday, Express News reported.

According to PIA sources, Bangladeshi intelligence officers have been harassing PIA officials for the past two months. Yesterday, PIA flight PK-266 was delayed for three hours for security checks.

PIA Station Manager Ali Abbass was also held by the security forces in Bangladesh and was later deported to Pakistan. Several raids have also been conducted on the houses of PIA officials on suspicion of smuggling fake currency.

Read: En route: PIA steward arrested with 4.5kg hashish


The aviation authority’s steward, identified as Irfanullah Shah, was arrested in possession of 4.5 kilogrammes of hashish concealed in his bag.

An ANF official, who requested not to be named, told The Express Tribune that the suspect, who hailed from Swabi, has been serving in PIA as steward for the last eight years. He was arrested outside the departure lounge during routine surveillance.

COMMENTS (11)

Vijay M | 6 years ago | Reply @Jim: Well put !!
Jim | 6 years ago | Reply So what's new? Pakistani planes and pilots are stopped and searched all over the world on suspicion of carrying drugs, contraband, fake currency etc. Your own media had reported this. You reputation even otherwise is terrible across the world, including among your own allies and "taller than mountain friends." You are not even allowed to fly directly to the U.S. Despite all this people like @zara want to wear blinkers and blame others. Go ahead and ban Bangladesh Biman; and all other western airlines too. No one gives a damn. It's not as if other countries want to come to Pakistan or trade with it. Pakistan begs for it. If Pakistan is wiped off the face of the earth tomorrow, no country will miss it.
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