Pakistan International Airlines flight, which landed in Syria’s capital after more than 22 years, was flanked by two water cannons. Reports indicate that federal aviation minister Ghulam Sarwar Khan and airline CEO Arshad Malik were also aboard the PK-9501. Air service has started to Damascus to carry citizens intending to observe Arbaeen, a Shiite religious observance forty days after Ashura.
PIA will operate 12 direct flights to Najaf, two to Baghdad, and four to Damascus from Karachi, Lahore, and Islamabad. Pakistan’s national carrier aims to improve relations with Western Asia and promote religious tourism.
Source: Daily Pakistan