Flight resumption notification withdrawn after Sindh government raises concerns

Islamabad: The federal government has withdrawn its notification to resume international flights after opposition from Sindh government.

Provincial Minister of Sindh for Local Government, Syed Nasir Hussain Shah expressed his government’s concerns on the federal government’s decision to resume international flight operations without consulting with provincial governments.

In a statement issued on social media he stated, “No way, it’s too early to decide on this. Such a decision needs to made by the consent of provincial governments as each province is struggling very hard to contain the spread of COVID-19.”

“We can’t afford any risk at this point,” he added.

Earlier, federal government had announced to resume international flights at Islamabad, Karachi, Lahore, Peshawar, Quetta, Faisalabad, Multan and Quetta airports from April 05 to facilitate stranded Pakistani passengers. Federal government had directed National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) to ensure provision of medical facilities across the country to quarantine suspected coronavirus patients coming to Pakistan.

Countries around the world have suspended international flight operations in a bid to curb the spread of coronavirus which has infected more than 723,000 people with 34,000 deaths.