National Assembly Speaker Asad Qaiser’s visit to Kabul was postponed at the last minute on Thursday due to last-minute security concerns.
The NA Speaker was on his way to Kabul at the special invitation of his counterpart, Chairman, Wolesi Jirga, Afghanistan, Mir Rehman Rahmani.
“The speaker’s plane was denied permission to land at Hamid Karzai International Airport because of a security threat,” Sadiq said.
“The plane was about to land when the control tower announced the closure of the airport. The new dates for the visit will be decided after mutual consultation,” he said.
According to data available from Flight Trader FlightTar24 and a non-governmental PIA activist, the joint plane flew for a while near Kabul’s Hamid Karzai Airport before returning home.
However, the information available from the online arrival and departure of Kabul Airport shows the regular flight movement.
Chairman Wolesi Jirga Mir Rehman Rahmani and Chairman Afghan Senate Fazal Hadi Muslimyar telephoned the Speaker of the National Assembly Asad Qaiser and expressed regret over the postponement of the visit. He said that he was looking forward to the visit of the delegation from Pakistan in the first date.
Speaker Asad Qaiser said he would visit Kabul as soon as the security situation improved.
The parliamentary delegation included the Prime Minister’s Special Representative for Afghanistan Sadiq Khan, MNA Shandan Gulzar, Muhammad Yaqub Sheikh, Sajid Khan, Maulana Salahuddin Ayubi, Gul Dad Khan, Ghulam Mustafa Shah and Secretary National Assembly. The delegation was in Kabul for four days.
Ahead of his visit, the Speaker said in a short message that he looked forward to closer ties with the people of Afghanistan. He said the delegation intended to hold a wide-ranging dialogue, including on Afghan peace and cross-border trade.