ISLAMABAD: The plane of a nine-member Pakistani parliamentary delegation returned from Afghanistan after it could not land at Kabul airport due to security reasons on Thursday.
Pakistani National Assembly speaker, Asad Qaiser, and his delegation left for Kabul from Islamabad on Thursday morning to hold wide-ranging discussions, including on Afghan peace and cross-border trade.
“Speaker’s visit to Kabul postponed as airport was closed due to security threat. The plane was about to descent when the control tower informed of the closure of airport,” Mohammad Sadiq, Pakistan’s Special Representative for Afghanistan, said in a tweet.
Speaker's visit to Kabul postponed as airport was closed due to security threat. The plane was about to descent when the control tower informed of the closure of airport. New dates for the visit will be decided after mutual consultations.
— Mohammad Sadiq (@AmbassadorSadiq) April 8, 2021
The Pakistani delegation was traveling on the invitation of Chairman Wolsi Jirga Afghanistan, Mir Rehman Rahmani.
During the visit, Qaiser was scheduled to meet his Afghan counterpart, as well as the chairman of the Afghan High Council for National Reconciliation, Dr. Abudullah Abdullah, the Afghan commerce minister, the chairman of the Afghanistan chamber of federation of commerce and industry and Afghan lawmakers.
New dates for the visit have not yet been announced.