The Civil Aviation Authority of Pakistan has closed 3 routes for all the international Karachi-bound flights and has suggested 3 alternate routes.
A notice issued by the aviation authority to Airmen (NOTAM) on Wednesday informed about the change in routes. The notice said that all the Karachi-bound flights would have to follow by the changes from the 28th of August to 31st August.
The decision was announced after the Minister for Science and Technology—Fawad Chaudhry said that the Prime Minister was taking into consideration to completely close Pakistan’s airspace for India.
The minister on Tuesday tweeted that a complete ban has been suggested in the cabinet meeting on the use of land routes of Pakistan for Indian trade to Afghanistan.
The airspace closure for India by Pakistan had been done earlier too after the Indian fighter jets violated Pakistani airspace on the 26th of February.
Airspace was completely opened on the 16th of last month, 5 months after the tensions grew between Indian and Pakistan in February.
Indian airlines experienced a loss of millions owing to the temporary closure of airspace.
The latest tensions between the two nations began on the 5th of August after India ended the autonomous status of the Indian Occupied Kashmir.
On the 26th of August, PM Khan addressed the nation. In his address, he termed the BJP government’s decision to revoke Kashmir’s special status as a historical blunder.
The PM said that Pakistan got some information that India was intending to stage a false flag operation in Kashmir for justifying a possible attack on Pakistan.
The PM said that the army is all prepared after the information was received.
He asked the world leaders to intervene for easing the tensions between the two nations, adding that both countries have got nuclear powers.