In a notice, Pakistan’s Civil Aviation Authority informed that it has closed three flight routes for all international Karachi-bound flights and in alternate proposed three other routes.
Aviation authority issued this notice to Airmen (NOTAM) issued on Wednesday in which the changes in the routes were notified. It also added that the effectiveness of the modifications announced in this notice will be observed from August 28 to August 31 in all Karachi-bound flights.
A day earlier Federal Science and Technology Minister Fawad Chaudhry informed that said a “complete closure” of airspace to India is being considered by prime minister Imran Khan.
In a tweet on Tuesday, the minister said that Pakistan will completely ban any land route being used by Indians for trade to Afghanistan as per the suggestion of cabinet meeting.
In the recent year, Pakistan had banned its airspace for India. So, this is not the first time that a measure like this is being taken to prevent any sort of terrorism. The country had completely closed its airspace after the incident on February 26. The incident involved a violation of Pakistani airspace by Indian fighter.
However, the Airspace wasn’t completely opened until July 16. It remained closed for five months after the incident.
Anyhow, on August 22, Narendra Modi, the Prime Minister of India used airspace of Pakistan to travel to France. The Indian Prime Minister was granted special permission to use Pakistani airspace as told the cabinet on Tuesday saying that there was no ban in place.
During the incident, Pakistan had safely captured and arrested Indian wing commander Abhinandan Varthaman on February 27. These Indian planes were downed by Pakistani jets over Kashmir. But the wing commander was later released in a few days putting it forth as a gesture of peace.
Due to the complete closure of airspace in Pakistan. Indian flights had to take long routes. This made them suffer a loss of millions. Considering many factors Pakistan finally opened its airspace for the flights of India in July.
But the latest tensions have grown even more intense. This started between the two countries from August 5 after India dissolved article 370 ending the autonomous status of Indian-occupied Kashmir.
On August 26 Prime Minister Imran Khan addressed to the nation and termed the move of the BJP government to revoke the special status of Kashmir as a “historical blunder.”
Khan informed that Pakistan had received information about a “false flag operation” that India was going to stage in Kashmir. So that they could justify a possible attack on Pakistan.
He further gave his nation confidence saying that the army of Pakistan was prepared as soon as the information about the operation was received.
The Prime Minister demanded international interference in the matter of Kashmir to bring peace in the region. Also to ease the tensions that are growing between the two countries. He was, majorly drawing attention to the fact that India and Pakistan both are nuclear powers. For more news related to this click here
“No country will win this [war],” he added. In the cabinet meeting on Tuesday, even the use of Pakistan’s airspace by Modi was questioned. PM Khan objected granting him peromission to the use of Pakistan’s airspace by PM Modi.