Due to its friendly relations with the Taliban over 20 years of the group's exile in Doha, the national Qatari airlines have been flying the only commercial flights from and to Afghanistan for more than a week now. However, online people have been reporting mockery by Qatar Airways officers towards Afghan travelers from Islamabad airport.
Hi @qatarairways your check in staff at Islamabad airport were laughing last night at Afghans with valid asylum papers trying to board a flight to Doha. They refused to let them onboard. What are you going to do to fix this?— Gareth Browne (@BrowneGareth) September 12, 2021
According to online sources, several of Qatar Airways' staff members in Islamabad airport laughed at Afghan asylum seekers, who got to leave Afghanistan through the ground border with Pakistan, so they get to the US and other NATO countries aboard Qatar Airways.
Consequently, hundreds of internet users have been tagging the official account of the Qatari carrier demanding answers on the treatment of their staff towards Afghan refugees, especially that some of them have reportedly been banned from flying despite obtaining the proper paperwork.
Shame on you @qatarairways and shame on all those people who are being rude and racist to people it’s very sad that the world’s doing this to my people to #afghans https://t.co/OugVwdbseY— Farolicious (@FarziaAfghan) September 13, 2021
@qatarairways did the same 2 nights ago to my colleagues who were transiting through Doha to final destination. Had signed and stamped facilitation letters from THREE governments!! Rude and unprofessional behavior by Qatar Airways staff at Islamabad airport.— Sahr Muhammedally (@Sahrmally) September 12, 2021
Ever since the US withdrawal from Afghanistan on the 30th of August 2021, Kabul airport has been largely shut down except for several domestic flights, in addition to international ones that have been run by Qatar Airways.
Qatar has also sent several technical teams to Kabul airport to restore aviation activity after the fall of the Afghan state on the 16th of August 2021 and the Taliban takeover.
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