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PIA temporarily grounds all ATRs after PK-661 crash

The administration of Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) has decided to ground all ATRs. The decision came after huge pressure that is growing since crash of PK-661 near Havelian.

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PIA temporarily grounds all ATRs after PK-661 crash

The administration of Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) has decided to ground all ATRs. The decision came after huge pressure that has been growing since crash of PK-661 near Havelian. PIA has 10 propeller-driven ATR planes left in its fleet.

Just days after PK-661 crash, another ATR plane flying from Multan to Karachi was reportedly facing technical difficulties. As a result, the passangers were sent to Karachi in another PIA aircraft.

The Civil Aviation Authority of Pakistan will hold shakedown tests of PIA’s remaining fleet of ATRs. Meanwhile, representatives of the ATR Aircraft company are expected to join Pakistani investigators in examining the cause of PK-661 crash.

The decision will affect PIA’s operation of flights to Gilgit, Skardu, Chitral and Quetta. PIA is the only company that operates commercial flights to these regions except Quetta.

It is being expected that PIA will join hands with Pakistan Army to operate C-130 planes till ATRs are cleared to operate again.

GBee Staff keeps you updated with the latest happenings in Gilgit, Baltistan and Chitral regions of Pakistan.

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Men threaten Ismailis in a protest on KKH against the arrest of Malik Afreen Khan

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Kohistan Protest against Malik Afreen Khan's arrest

Two men and others were seen threatening the Ismaili community, students and travelers from Gilgit-Baltistan in a video released on 25th February. The protestors were demanding the release of Malik Afreen Khan.

Malik Afreen Khan is a Kohistan resident who was arrested upon the orders of a session court in Ghizer District of Gilgit-Baltistan for his involvement in the Hundarap Nullah Case.

According to Gilgit-Baltistan Police, Malik Afreen and others were involved in the Hundarap Nullah Case. Last year, four shepherds were kidnapped from a Hundarap Meadows by armed Kohistani men.

Hundarap Meadows and Hundarap Nullah are located in Hundarap Valley, adjacent to Phandar Valley in Ghizer District, Gilgit-Baltistan.

The protestors threatened they will not let travelers from Gilgit-Baltistan, especially the Ismaili Community, to travel on the Karakoram Highway in the Kohistan region. They demanded the release of Malik Afreen Khan without 24 hours or get ready for consequences.

A crowd had gathered in Dasu Market in Kohistan in a protest against the arrest of Malik Afreen Khan, the central figure behind the abduction of four people from the grazing lands of Hundarap.

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Hundarap Kidnappings Mastermind Malik Afreen Khan arrested

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Malif Afreen Khan
Photo: Facebook / Kohistan 24/7

The mastermind behind the kidnapping of four people from Hundarap Meadows has been arrested by Gilgit-Baltistan Police. Malik Afreen Khan was presented to a session court in Ghizer district of Gilgit-Baltistan where he was ordered to be handed over on a remand.

Shortly after the court proceedings at the session court in Gahkuch, Malik Afreen was arrested by Ghizer police and transferred to the tehsil police station.

According to the police, Malik Afreen is the mastermind behind the kidnapping of four people from Hundarap Nullah. The four young boys belonging to Phandar Valley of Gilgit-Baltistan were kidnapped by armed men from Kohistan and taken to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. However, they were released five days after the incident and handed over to Kohistan Police.

Malik Afreen is a central figure in the Hundarap Case which is a grazing land dispute between the parties of Phandar Valley in district Ghizer of Gilgit-Baltistan and Kohistan

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