Cathay cancels Karachi flights

KARACHI: Cathay Pacific Airways has cancelled all flights to Karachi from Bangkok following a Taliban raid on the country’s busiest airport this week, as top Pakistani officials debated how to tackle the escalating violence.International flights in and out of Karachi have been suspended twice since Sunday, when gunmen wearing military uniforms stormed the airport, firing rocket-propelled grenades in an all-night siege that killed 34 people.“We will continue to monitor the situation closely,” Cathay said in a statement. “Customers are recommended to check flight status before departing for the airport.”Cathay Pacific shares closed down 0.14 percent at HK$14.48 on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.The Taliban said they had carried out the Karachi attack in response to strikes on their positions on the Afghan border.Security was tight around Karachi airport and the bustling city of 18 million people remained nervous after the twin attacks, though life seemed to have returned to normal, with shops and markets open and people going about daily tasks.“It looks like the Taliban have taken over the entire country,” said Gulfam, who owns an electrical appliances shop in Karachi.“What we want is that the army should carry out a big operation to clear out all the country, so that the public can get some peace of mind.” 

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