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Pakistan rangers take position after the firing incident near Karachi airport in Karachi on June 10, 2014. — Photo by AFP
Pakistan rangers take position after the firing incident near Karachi airport in Karachi on June 10, 2014. — Photo by AFP

HONG KONG: Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd has cancelled some flights to Karachi from Bangkok, the airline said on its website on Wednesday.

“We will continue to monitor the situation closely,” the company said in its statement. “Customers are recommended to check flight status before departing for the airport.”

The cancellations came after Taliban insurgents claimed responsibility for an attack on a security academy at Karachi's airport on Tuesday, less than 48 hours after an all-night siege by Taliban gunmen at the country's busiest airport.

Cathay Pacific shares were down 0.28 per cent in mid-afternoon trade on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.

An audacious gun-and-explosive attack by heavily armed militants on the country’s busiest airport had left at least 30 dead.

A day after the five-hour long destructive battle, the Airport Security Force (ASF) camp number 2, had also come under a fresh assault. The flight operations were resumed after being temporarily suspended, and routes leading to the airport were cleared for traffic, the Civil Aviation Authority had announced.

Earlier today, the Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen cancelled his visit to Pakistan for an indefinite period.

According to the Foreign Office source, the embassy of Maldives had not replied officially but hinted that the attack at the airport was the reason for cancellation.

Comments (36) Closed

Pakistani Jun 11, 2014 01:46pm

Another landmark achieved by the supporters of TTP! Hope it ends here and sanity prevails to the end.

Irfan-ul- Haq Jun 11, 2014 01:50pm

This was bound to happen.

Ahmed Jun 11, 2014 01:52pm

I have my flight booked for my wedding in Pakistan. What to do now??

Ayaz Jun 11, 2014 01:54pm

As inevitably many international carriers shall be cancelling their Karachi route operations after TTP attack, I think it is high-time for PIA to step up its operations and international coverage. These set-backs should now be taken positively to finally recover and develop our national carrier, plus open additional international standard new carriers.

shibly Jun 11, 2014 02:01pm

Its beginning of the end, long live democracy, during PPP period Cricket Teams stopped coming and Airlines, it seems that Politian's are promoting PIA, who have monopoly, if no airline comes to Pakistan.

sohail Jun 11, 2014 02:02pm

Now go ahead and do " MUZAKRAAT" with your friends who are responsible for this international cut up. Even Asians don't want to come to Pakistan now !!!!

baby doll main sone di Jun 11, 2014 02:12pm

the day will come when pak airlines will cancel flights to karachi.

nomi Jun 11, 2014 02:14pm

It is just the beginning...

Tea Jun 11, 2014 02:22pm

This is the first step. But I do not blame them; as a foreigner, I would stay miles, no, light-years away from Pakistan.

Salman Jun 11, 2014 02:29pm

It's just the beginning before International Cricketers now International Flights, God Bless Pakistan

Mauren Jun 11, 2014 02:30pm

Ironic that China would be the first country to cancel flights to Karachi-- Cathay Pacific is the official flag carrier of Hong Kong.

brijesh Jun 11, 2014 02:32pm

What a shame!

Umair Jun 11, 2014 02:33pm

Mission Accomplished by Taliban!

brijesh Jun 11, 2014 02:43pm

This is utter incompetence

A Pakistani Jun 11, 2014 02:50pm

It is unfortunate for our country. Government must take over TTP. PIA should take it as an opportunity to expand its international operations as much as it can do with plans to sustain them in future.

raja sahil khan Jun 11, 2014 03:32pm

Every day pakistan will suffer god bless Pakistan Ameen

Laeeq,NY Jun 11, 2014 03:36pm

Another causality of the terrorism. Let's see what is next.

chander Jun 11, 2014 03:51pm

well expected after consecutive terror attacks. even flights from karachi would also face international objection on security ground. Govt. must act and make sure TTP's presence in archives only.

Raza Jun 11, 2014 04:27pm

I see from the comments here that Pakistanis are getting afraid to go to Karachi airport. I'm not sure about rest of you guys, but I will continue to go to Pakistan regardless of the situation. Why be afraid? Its home of the blessed and best country in the world. I don't care what the world media has to say. Other's opinion of Pakistan doesn't have to become your reality.

Nadeem Jun 11, 2014 04:27pm

I agree,,, they need to wake up ,,,

Nadeem Jun 11, 2014 04:27pm

@Ahmed Good luck ,,,

Nadeem Jun 11, 2014 04:29pm

@Mauren Any sane person would do that ,,,.,,,,

syed maqbool Jun 11, 2014 04:44pm

Congratulations Hamid Gul and Hafiz Saeed, your friends played very good game.

Zain Shah Jun 11, 2014 05:13pm

Cathay Pacific has just cancelled tonights flight due to security uncertainty they are resuming operations from Friday...with an additional flight on Sunday to ensure passengers which are stranded reach their destinations without further hesitation!!

AHA Jun 11, 2014 05:27pm

@syed maqbool "Congratulations Hamid Gul and Hafiz Saeed"

Please add Imran Khan to the list.

Qamar Jun 11, 2014 06:46pm

A significant achievement by our democratic system of governance that works day and night to make our country safe!!!!

Max Jun 11, 2014 07:07pm

Incompetent ppl running the country and departments this was bound to happen as half the PPP government in Sindh is useless. I am surprised they were informed about the attacks by intelligence agencies and they did nothing, what a shame no coordination between agencies, security forces and civil administration. No one came to hep 7 ppl burned alive, no equipment available for dealing with disasters nor any central body all budget allocated to look after incompetent and corrupt politicians , what a waste of Jinnah's dream, I bet he be sorry now.

colin Jun 11, 2014 07:17pm

I do not understand this! Cathay Pacific is Chinese and I thought that Chinese and Pakistani friendship was "higher than the mountains and deeper than the seas".Surely, the measure of true friendship would be to stand by your friend in his times of trouble !!

Mian Jun 11, 2014 09:22pm

Another failure of Pakistan intelligences.

Mohammad Kumbo Jun 11, 2014 09:31pm

Cathy is more worried about its passengers and would rather protect its reputation than be foolish to fly in when the Government haven't even fully secured the facility.

SMQ Zaman Jun 12, 2014 03:46am

@colin The chicken is coming home to roost! There are 'no friends in business' and nor there are free business lunches, all nations have their own interests which take priority over others; many of you guys, in Pakistan and even abroad, have been living in a 'make believe world'!

Suq Madieq Jun 12, 2014 02:18pm

@Raza Every one doesn't have access to hallucinogens like you do. So keep living in your delusional world. Rest of the world loves to live in reality.

gary Jun 12, 2014 06:09pm

@Mauren Higher than Himalayas, deeper than Atlantic, harder than diamond... what went wrong to that?

Lallu Bachcha Jun 13, 2014 08:45pm

@Raza I like your comment, but I have one simple question, if this is land of blessed, and best country in the world, you should make all efforts to live in that country, why sell cigarette at the corner of hope street and peace avenue or drive cab in downtown ?

Just a thought.

Shahid Jun 13, 2014 11:36pm

@Raza "Other's opinion of Pakistan doesn't have to become your reality."

What a brilliant idea! Why bother with 'reality' when you can live in a make-believe world in which everything is whatever you think it is? Wake up, man.

Dr. Sehar Khan Jun 14, 2014 01:16am

@syed maqbool ...and Imran Khan