Gone for good

Southasia - - BRIEFINGS -

Cathay Pacific has sus­pended its op­er­a­tions in Pak­istan for an in­def­i­nite pe­riod. The de­ci­sion was taken in the af­ter­math of the ter­ror­ist at­tack on the Karachi air­port, which left 38 peo­ple dead, in­clud­ing the 10 at­tack­ers. The de­ci­sion was also taken in view of the threats given by the Tal­iban mil­i­tants who warned in­ter­na­tional firms and air­lines to wind up their busi­nesses in Pak­istan or face at­tacks. The last Cathay Pacific flights between Karachi and Bangkok op­er­ated on June 29.

Be­fore it stopped its op­er­a­tions, Cathay Pacific op­er­ated four flights a week from Karachi to in­ter­na­tional des­ti­na­tions. This is the lat­est in­ter­na­tional car­rier to cease flights through Pak­istan af­ter Bri­tish Air­ways which pulled out in 2008 fol­low­ing an at­tack on a ho­tel in Is­lam­abad.

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