Nearly two dozen flights from Islamabad cancelled due to PAF exercises

Nearly two dozen flights from Islamabad cancelled due to PAF exercises

RAWALPINDI: 

Nearly two dozen flights from the Benazir Bhutto International Airport were suspended on Wednesday due to exercises carried out by Pakistan Air Force.

Since midnight to afternoon on September 22, as many as 23 flights were cancelled. Among these, 18 flights were of Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) and five were of other airlines.

Of the 18 PIA flights of PIA, 10 were scheduled to fly to the northern areas including Sakardu, Chitral, and Gilgit. Six flights were scheduled to fly to Gilgit and back, and two each from Chitral and Sakardu.

Among other cancelled flights, two flights of Saudi Airlines bound for Jeddah, one each of Air Blue and Shaheen Air bound for Karachi.

A senior official of Civil Aviation Authority on condition of anonymity said that the PIA had to cancel the flights after the Air Force decided to carry out exercises on Motorway.

He said that the PIA had informed the passengers ahead of time about the circumstances. No official of PIA was available for comments.

Published in The Express Tribune, September 22nd, 2016.

Pakistan likely to host a $50,000 Squash event next year

Pakistan likely to host a $50,000 Squash event next year

 

ISLAMABAD:

Pakistan Squash Federation (PSF) has said that the World Squash Federation (WSF) have vowed that Pakistan would be provided with a $50,000 Professional Squash Association (PSA) event next year.

Talking to APP, PSF’s Vice President Qamar Zaman said WSF Chief Executive Officer Andrew Shelley said that Pakistan will be provided with maximum PSA events.

He said Andrew was present in Poland where Pakistan clinched the 2016 World Team Junior Squash Championships title and there he had assured us that a $50,000 PSA event will be given to us next year.

He further said that their Egyptian and Malaysian counterparts have also shown eagerness to play a bilateral Test Series with the Pakistani players.

“Egyptian and Malaysian officials have assured that they will come here and play a bilateral Test Series with Pakistani players. After Egyptian and Malaysian players visit here, our players would go there for a series in return,” he said.

He said currently Pakistan has 8 to 9 players who can outcome any international player at a time it’s just that we need to groom them.

He also praised PSF President, Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman, for doing all-out efforts in encouraging and promoting the federation, the players and the game.

 

Government announces three-day holiday for Eidul Azha

Government announces three-day holiday for Eidul Azha

Government announces three-day holiday for Eidul Azha

ISLAMABAD:

The federal government has announced a three-day holiday for Eidul Azha across the country.

According to a spokesperson of the Ministry of Interior, the holidays will be observed from September 12-14, i.e. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday across the country.

Zilhaj moon not sighted, Eidul Azha on September 13

On Friday, the Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee had announced that the Zilhaj moon was not sighted in the country and Eidul Azha would be celebrated on Tuesday – September 13.

However, the meteorological office had said there were ample chances of moon sighting as the weather had remained clear.

Earlier, Mufti Muneebur Rehman had written a letter to the Ministry of Religious Affairs, urging it to restrain the Met Office from making predictions about moon sighting to avert confusion.

source Tribune

Army launches operation along Pak-Afghan border in Khyber Agency

Army launches operation along Pak-Afghan border in Khyber Agency

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Army announced the launch of an operation along the Pak-Afghan border in Rajgal valley on Tuesday.

An Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) statement said the operation was launched “to reinforce troop deployment in Rajgal valley to effectively check and guard against” movement across the porous border in Khyber Agency.

The operation targets “movement on high mountains and all-weather passes in Khyber Agency,” the statement said.

Rajgal valley is located in northern Tirah in Khyber Agency.

Despite heavy military presence on both sides of the border, cross-border movements of militants (in both ways) have been a major area of concern. Investigation into the Bacha Khan University Attack in January established that the mastermind, planners and handlers had used Afghan soil and telecommunication network for executing the deadly strike.

The government has been under persistent pressure from the military to accelerate the steps that were required for an effective execution of its counterterrorism strategy ─ known as the National Action Plan (NAP), a policy agreed by consensus by all political parties after the December 2014 Army Public School tragedy.

Source/Credit:DAWN.COM