Pakistan to reclose airspace for Indian flights

- A Monitor Desk Report 07 Aug, 2019 | 1561 Views|-+
Dhaka: Pakistan is set to close its airspace for Indian flights for a second time this year, according to local reports. The move comes amid increasing tensions between the two neighbouring countries over Kashmir.

Pakistan is banning Indian flights in retaliation to India revoking Article 370 earlier this week declaring Jammu and Kashmir as Union Territory with legislature and Ladakh another UT.

Pakistan reopened its air space for all types of civil traffic in July. It had been fully closed since February when Pakistan shot down an Indian fighter.

Over 800 flights use the Indian and Pakistani airspace to transport passengers from South Asia, South East Asia to Europe and North America.

The Foreign Minister of Pakistan wrote to the United Nations on August 6, while its army pledged to go to “any extent’’ against India’s move to revoke the autonomous status of Kashmir, that’s claimed in full by the two South Asian nations.

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