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Pakistan continues partial opening of airspace amid India crisis

Al Jazeera

Pakistan's civil aviation authority said on Sunday it was allowing restricted operations at the Allama Iqbal international airport in the eastern city of Lahore. This comes after partial operations at Karachi, Quetta, Peshawar and the capital, Islamabad, resumed on Friday. Other airports in Gilgit Baltistan, Punjab province and the interior Sindh region remained closed on Sunday. The travel restrictions are expected to be lifted on Monday at 1pm local time (08:00 GMT), according to the country's civil aviation authority . International and domestic air travel in the region has been widely disrupted, with several airports in Pakistan and India shut, flights rerouted and suspended, amid fears of a major military escalation between the South Asian nations.


Wigs and parting gifts for O'Reilly, and Islamabad airport scuffle

BBC News

Some social media users react to Bill O'Reilly's with joy while others come to his defence, and Pakistanis comment on videos showing a fight between a female constable and two passengers at Islamabad airport. Some Twitter users are celebrating online following Fox News' decision to drop presenter Bill O'Reilly over sexual harassment claims. However, many have also criticised the "targeting" of the host as a "typical spineless liberal move". O'Reilly, 67, said the claims were "completely unfounded" although more than 50 sponsors have withdrawn ads from his show. Members of the African-American community on Twitter, including author and film maker Tariq Nasheed hit out at the host: "On behalf of the black community, I present Bill with a James Brown wig as a parting gift."


Pakistan jet with 98 aboard crashes in crowded neighborhood

Associated Press

A jetliner carrying 98 people crashed Friday in a crowded neighborhood near the airport in Pakistan's port city of Karachi after an apparent engine failure during landing. Officials said there were two survivors from the plane but they also found at least 57 bodies in the wreckage. It was unknown how many people on the ground were hurt as the Pakistan International Airlines jet, an Airbus A320, plowed into an alley and destroyed at least five houses. The pilot was heard transmitting a mayday to the tower shortly before the crash of Flight 8303, which was flying from Lahore to Karachi and carrying many traveling for the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr. Video on social media appeared to show the jet flying low with flames shooting from one of its engines.


Pakistani pilot licence scandal: The fallout

Al Jazeera

Karachi, Pakistan - On May 22, an Airbus A320, operated by Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) crashed into a densely populated neighbourhood in Karachi, just about a kilometre away from the city's main Jinnah International Airport. The crash killed 97 of the 99 people on board, and one person on the ground, according to official data. This was PIA's second crash in five years. In December 2016, an ATR-42 flying from Chitral to the capital, Islamabad, crashed into a hillside near the town of Havelian, killing all 47 people on board. According to the Flight Safety Foundation, there have been 60 serious safety-related incidents reported in Pakistan since 1956.


Pakistan airline suspends 150 pilots over alleged licence fraud

Al Jazeera

Islamabad, Pakistan - Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) has suspended 150 pilots after questions over the authenticity of their licences emerged, a spokesman told Al Jazeera. The announcement comes a day after an initial investigation found human error was primarily responsible for a PIA plane crash that killed 98 people in southern Pakistan last month. "Out of our 434 pilots, 150 will be grounded as of today," PIA spokesman Abdullah Khan told Al Jazeera by telephone from Karachi, where the crash took place on May 22. Thursday's suspensions will remain until investigations can be carried out to verify the authenticity of the pilots' licences. The airline will primarily look into allegations that the pilots did not sit for the examinations themselves and sent others instead. Seventeen pilots were suspended in January 2019 over similar allegations following a probe into an air crash in the southwestern Pakistani town of Panjgur - where a plane carrying 43 passengers careered off the runway after making an unsafe approach - said Khan.