ANKARA - Turkish Air Force Sunday forced a Pakistani cargo plane to land in Turkey, which flew for its destination after it was cleared by the officials. Sources said the cargo plane, owned by a Pakistani company, was on its way from Kyrgyzstan to Syria. The plane which took off from Kyrgyzstan’s Bishkek airport was forced to land in Ankara while it was passing through the Turkish airspace. Later, after search, the Turk officials cleared the plane which proceeded to Damascus. The officials said the plane was found carrying blankets which the Chinese company had sent for Syria Red Cross.

Published in The Nation newspaper on 13-Jan-2014