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.
 


Syrian businessman linked to Assad arrested in Kuwait

Mazen Al-Tarazi has been living in Kuwait for a long while. (AFP/File)
Updated 19 March 2019
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Syrian businessman linked to Assad arrested in Kuwait

  • The businessman has a publishing and advertising company in Kuwait
  • He is blacklisted in the EU

KUWAIT CITY: A prominent Syrian businessman with close ties to Syrian President Bashar Assad has been arrested in Kuwait, his lawyer said Tuesday.
Mazen Al-Tarazi was arrested late Monday at his offices, his lawyer Badr Al-Yacoub told AFP.
He said that he did not yet know the reasons behind his client’s arrest.
Local authorities did not immediately release the charges against Tarazi.
But Kuwaiti newspaper Al-Qabas, citing unnamed informed sources, reported that the businessman is accused of money laundering and printing texts without authorization.
A longtime resident of Kuwait, Tarazi owns a publishing and advertising firm in partnership with a high-profile local businessman, Ahmad Al-Jarallah.
Jarallah confirmed to AFP that police had raided his offices on Monday night and arrested Tarazi’s secretary and two Al-Hadaf magazine employees.
Tarazi is on an EU blacklist of Syrian nationals who have been banned from entry to European states and whose assets have been frozen over their role in the Syria war.