Saudi Arabian Airlines and Emirates suspend flights to Pakistan

Flights were suspended after Pakistan closed its airspace due to a military escalation with India. (File photo: AFP)
Updated 27 February 2019
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Saudi Arabian Airlines and Emirates suspend flights to Pakistan

RIYADH: Saudi Arabian Airlines, also known as Saudia, on Wednesday suspended all flights to Pakistan in response to increased military tensions between India and its neighbor over Kashmir.

“It is a standard procedure that we take under such circumstances,” said Fahad Bahdailah, Saudia’s VP of corporate communications. 

Pakistani airspace has officially been closed for commercial flights, the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) announced on Wednesday, due to the prevailing security situation with India.

In Dubai, Emirates airline advised passengers due to fly to Pakistan to rebook tickets after the carrier’s flights there were also suspended.
The decision came after Pakistan said it had shot down two Indian Air Force planes in its airspace Wednesday.

At least five Indian airports were also closed and scores of flights were being canceled.
 


Sudanese protesters call for strike amid divisions with army

Updated 25 May 2019
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Sudanese protesters call for strike amid divisions with army

  • The Sudanese Professionals’ Association called for the nationwide strike to begin Tuesday
  • They asked people to go to work but abstain from any activity, then head to various marches and sit-ins across the country

KHARTOUM, Sudan: Sudan’s protest leaders have set a date for next week’s two-day general strike in a bid to press the ruling military council to transfer power to a civilian-led authority.
The Sudanese Professionals’ Association, which spearheaded protests that led the army to oust President Omar Al-Bashir last month, called for the nationwide strike to begin Tuesday.
A statement released Saturday asked people to go to work but abstain from any activity, then head to various marches and sit-ins across the country. The days of protest are set to culminate in mass rallies on Thursday.
Despite ending Al-Bashir’s 30-year reign, protesters have remained in the streets. They insist on “limited military representation” in a sovereign council, while the military wants to lead the body during an agreed-upon three-year transition.