Karachi: Normal operation of PIA flights from Jinnah International Airport resumed at 1600 hours Pakistan Standard Time. PIA spokesman said here on Monday evening.
Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Aviation, Shujaat Azeem said that the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has commended the bravery of security forces for containing and eliminating the terrorist attack at Jinnah international airport on Sunday night. He praised the sacrifices of the martyrs who lost their lives due to the terrorist attack.
During the night of 8th June 2014, ten foreign terrorists attacked Jinnah International Airport Karachi by entering through Fokker and International Cargo Gate. Timely action of Pakistan Army, Rangers, ASF, Police and CAA Personnel ensured that the damage was kept to minimum.
Shujaat Azeem personally supervised the resumption of flight operation at Jinnah International Airport which became possible on Monday afternoon after airport was cleared for flight operations. He visited all areas of Karachi airport along with DG CAA, Air Marshal (Retd.) Muhammad Yousaf and DG ASF, Brigadier Muhammad Azam Tiwana.
Besides others four PIA Engineering Employees lost their lives while four injured.
In a condolence message, Shujaat Azeem expressed his deep sorrow and grief over the killings of PIA Engineers who lost their lives while on duty.
“The entire PIA family is deeply saddened on the loss of 04 employees of PIA Engineering who lost their lives namely Fakhir Laghari, S.M Ilyas, Tanveer A Khan and Fazal Zuberi. May Allah Grant them eternal peace and strength to the family members of the departed souls”.
“Our prayers go out for the speedy recovery of all injured. We are grateful for the patience and discipline shown by the passengers present at the airport which helped in success of the operation”, he said.
Around 20 PIA flights were disturbed due to the heinous terrorist attack. One domestic flight was diverted to Nawabshah while three flights coming from abroad were diverted to Lahore. The passengers of the diverted flights were well looked after an alternate airports i.e. Nawabshah and Lahore. The security at all airports in Pakistan has been increased to the highest level.