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Cathay Pacific cancels all flights to Karachi as Pakistan reviews security

Published on Jun 11, 2014 6:01 PM
 
Customers get assistance at a Cathay Pacific ticketing counter at Hong Kong's Chek Lap Kok airport, March 9, 2005. Cathay Pacific Airways has cancelled all flights to the Pakistani city of Karachi from Bangkok following a Taleban raid on the country's busiest airport this week, as top Pakistani officials debated how to tackle the escalating violence. -- PHOTO: AFP

KARACHI, Pakistan (Reuters) - Cathay Pacific Airways has cancelled all flights to the Pakistani city of Karachi from Bangkok following a Taleban raid on the country's busiest airport this week, as top Pakistani officials debated how to tackle the escalating violence.

International flights in and out of Karachi have been suspended twice since Sunday, when gunmen wearing military uniforms stormed the airport, firing rocket-propelled grenades in an all-night siege that killed 34 people. "We will continue to monitor the situation closely," Cathay said in a statement. "Customers are recommended to check flight status before departing for the airport."

Cathay Pacific shares were down 0.28 per cent in mid-afternoon trade on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.

In Islamabad, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif chaired a meeting with security officials late on Tuesday to discuss how to handle the crisis as the escalation of violence raised the prospects of an all-out army campaign against insurgent strongholds.

 
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