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Monday, July 18, 2011

PAK CAULDRON: PPP activist’s death disrupts dozens of PIA flights!

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By Salman Siddiqui / / Published: July 18, 2011.

Jinnah International Airport Karachi is seen teeming with stressed out passengers on Sunday. PHOTO: MOHAMMAD AZEEM/EXPRESS.

Up to 44 flights of the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA), both domestic and international-bound traffic, were disrupted on Sunday at the three major airports of the country in the aftermath of the murder of two senior Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) activists in Karachi a day earlier.

Senior PPP activist Aamir Shah, who was also the president of an employees’ union body at the PIA head office in Karachi, was shot dead along with another PPP worker Mairaj Khalid Jagirani by unidentified gunmen in Gulistan-e-Jauhar on Saturday evening. Immediately after the incident, several neighbourhoods of the city erupted with gunfire with at least one passenger bus being set ablaze in Gulshan-e-Iqbal, and flights at the Jinnah International Airport also began to be affected severely.

PIA spokesperson Anisa Rehman said that since the incident on Saturday, more than 44 PIA flights were cancelled at the Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad airports, out of which 27 were domestic and 17 international.  At the Jinnah International Airport, 17 flights were cancelled, including nine international and eight domestic. The international flights that were disrupted included those bound for Dubai, Abu Dhabi, London, Kuala Lumpur, Dhaka and Toronto.

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