Pakistan Likely to Increase Flights to Iraq Soon

Pakistan Likely to Increase Flights to Iraq Soon

Iraqi Airways has requested the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) of Pakistan to increase the frequency of flights during Muharram-ul-Haram due to a significant rise in travelers during this period.

Iraqi Airways emphasized the large number of pilgrims (zaireen) traveling to Iraq during Muharram-ul-Haram to visit religious sites. The CAA is currently considering this request.

In 2022, Pakistan and Iraq agreed to start a ferry service between Basra and Karachi to facilitate Pakistani pilgrims traveling to Iraq. This decision followed a meeting between the former interior minister Rana Sanaullah and Iraqi Ambassador Hamid Abbas Lafta.

In other developments, the two countries recently signed a landmark defense agreement in Baghdad to enhance defense cooperation.

Under this agreement, Pakistan will supply twelve MFI-Mushaq trainer aircraft and twelve JF-Thunder Block III fighter jets to the Iraqi Air Force.

According to credible sources in the Pakistan Air Force (PAF), the $1.8 billion deal was finalized during discussions between Pakistan Air Force Chief, Air Chief Marshal Zaheer Ahmed Babar, and officials from the Iraqi Ministry of Defense.