Pakistan extends airspace ban for Indian flights until Might 30

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Islamabad mentioned the Imran Khan authorities would think about lifting the ban after the result of the Lok Sabha elections.

Amid a geopolitical pressure between India and Pakistan within the aftermath of the Pulwama terror assault and the next airstrike in Balakot, Islamabad on Wednesday prolonged its airspace ban for Indian flights until Might 30, PTI reported.

“The top officials of defence and aviation ministries held a meeting on Wednesday to reconsider opening its airspace for Indian flights. They decided that Pakistan’s airspace will remain banned for the Indian flights till May 30,” PTI quoted a senior authorities official as saying.

The federal government official mentioned the Civil Aviation Authority had notified the choice to the authorities and pilots. Islamabad mentioned the Imran Khan authorities would think about lifting the ban after the result of the Lok Sabha elections.

“Status quo will remain till the elections are over in India. I don’t see any improvement in relations between Pakistan and India till the elections are over and a new government is installed. The ban on airspace by each other I think will also continue till Indian polls,” Pakistan’s Science and Expertise Minister Fawad Chaudhry had mentioned earlier within the week.

Pakistan had closed its airspace on February 27 following an Indian Air Pressure strike on a Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terror camp in Balakot. Pakistan retaliated the subsequent day by unsuccessfully trying to focus on Indian army installations. Nonetheless, Pakistan opened its airspace for all flights apart from New Delhi, Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur on March 27.

A bulk of Indian carriers flying West out of Delhi — which earlier exited Indian airspace by coming into the Lahore or Karachi flight area — needed to route through Mumbai area earlier than continuing to the West after flying over the Center East.

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