Dhaka house raid: PIA cancels flights to Bangladesh till March 10

KARACHI: The Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) decided on Friday to cancel all flights to Bangladesh till March 10 in response to the raid on the house of its country manager in Dhaka.

Bangladeshi authorities had conducted a raid on the house of Ali Abbas three days ago.

According to sources in PIA, a raid was also conducted on a PIA flight which reached Dhaka from Karachi on Wednesday, as the plane was searched for two and a half hours.

In response to the attitude of Bangladeshi authorities, PIA cancelled its flight PK-266, originally scheduled to fly from Karachi to Dhaka on Thursday.

The reason for the raid given so far was that Ali Abbas was allegedly smuggling currencies as well as gold.

Airline sources said that a detailed house search took place while the country manager’s family was also harassed.