Afghan: In both fields, tray service could be discontinued automatically based on the shift in meal service. Only cold drinks will be served in domestic factories, as no tea or coffee will be served, the PIA agreed.
In the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia market, the airline agreed to serve snacks, club sandwiches, chicken patties, a banana and muffin, but no tea or coffee would be offered Afghan.
Sandwiches, chicken patties, one banana and a biscuit will be served at the return flight club.
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Similarly, only snacks are served on flights to Kabul and the Gulf.
The Far East and YYZ (Canada) menu will be included in the box service as per food plan, whilst the chartered flight box service will be used in the UK and CDG (Paris).
As part of precautionary steps and to minimise contact between travellers and crew members, improvements in the meal service in various sectors have been made.
Prime Minister @ImranKhanPTI arrives at Kabul
Foreign Minister @SMQureshiPTI, Advisor on Commerce @razak_dawood, DG ISI Lt. Gen. Faiz Hamid, Foreign Secretary Sohail Mehmood, Special Representative for Afghanistan Muhammad Sadiq & senior officials are accompanying.#PMIKinKabul pic.twitter.com/Pb6JmOhcIB
— Prime Minister's Office, Pakistan (@PakPMO) November 19, 2020
Afghan Foreign Minister Mohammad Haneef Atmar and Afghan President Mohammad Umer Daudzai, the Special Envoy to Pakistan, were welcomed by the Prime Minister upon his arrival in the country’s capital.
A guard of honour was later given to Prime Minister Imran at the presidential palace.
Qureshi thanks Afghan counterpart for warm welcome
Meanwhile a delegation-level meeting was held between Pakistani and Afghanistani officials, in which the Afghan peace process, bilateral relations, the regional security situation and other matters of mutual concern were addressed by both parties.
Foreign Minister Qureshi, Prime Minister’s adviser Dawood, Foreign Secretary Mehmood and Special Envoy for Afghanistan Sadiq were part of the Pakistani delegation.
Qureshi thanked Atmar for the warm welcome by the Afghan government and noted that a “traditional and ancient friendship” is shared between both countries.
Commenting on the ongoing peace process, Qureshi said Prime Minister Imran had always believed that by violence, the Afghan conflict could not be resolved. He added that regional security and stability is “based on peace building in Afghanistan”
For the creation of a permanent peace in Afghanistan, the outcome of intra-Afghan dialogue is inevitable,’ Qureshi said.
“We are delighted that today the world is recognising the status of Pakistan and celebrating its role in mediating the Afghan peace process,” he said.
He added that Pakistan wanted a “dignified” path for Afghan refugees to return to their country.
Withdrawal of US troops
The tour comes days after the Pentagon reported that, by mid-January, it will cut the number of U.S. military troops in Afghanistan from 4,500 to 2,500.
President Donald Trump is working to end the 19-year war in Afghanistan, the longest fighting in the United States, since he left office on January 20 after losing the presidential election this month to Democrat Joe Biden.
As compared to any kind of breakthrough in Afghanistan that would warrant a big drawdown, opponents slammed Trump for scheduling the withdrawal from his own calendar.
And outside Afghanistan, the possibility of unrest is nowhere greater than it is in neighbouring Pakistan.
Mistrust has cloaked neighbourly interactions. It accused Afghanistan of causing trouble inside its borders when rebels later started launching attacks within Pakistan.
Focus on deepening ties
The emphasis will be on further strengthening the Pakistan-Afghanistan fraternal bilateral ties, the Afghan peace process and regional economic growth and connectivity, the Foreign Office said in a statement bound for Kabul as Prime Minister.
According to Washington, Pakistan’s position in the peace talks has been important, particularly given its control over the leadership of the Taliban, although Pakistan says that influence has diminished over the years.
Zalmay Khalilzad, Washington’s Special Envoy for Afghan Peace, has made a series of trips to Islamabad to negotiate the peace process.
According to the FO, Ghani last visited Pakistan in June 2019.
Dawa Khan Minapal, the spokesman for the Afghan presidential palace, said that bilateral trade and economic ties would be the key aim of the visit, but the fight against militancy in the region would also be at the top of the agenda.
“The priority will be primarily on the peace process, but we will not keep our hopes high,” the Afghan Presidential Palace source said.
In Afghanistan, amid the ongoing peace process, conflict has remained strong.
The Taliban have carried out 53 suicide attacks over the past six months, while 1,210 civilians were among the thousands killed in insurgency-related violence, according to Tariq Arian, spokesman for the Afghan Ministry of the Interior.