Pakistani airspace to remain closed for commercial aviation: CAA


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28 Feb, 2019 7:16 pm

ISLAMABAD (92 News) – The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) on Thursday said that Pakistani airspace will remain closed to commercial operations till further announcement.

According to the details, the decision was taken in view of the prevailing tensions between Pakistan and India.

The CAA website shows that airspace is estimated to remain closed until 8am GMT on Friday, March 1.

“NOTAM is still in place & airspace over #Pakistan remains closed. Apology for an earlier tweet that indicated partial opening of our airspace for commercial aviation. Any further information will be shared accordingly,” the CAA stated in its tweet.

On Wednesday Pakistani airspace was shut after the director general of Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), acknowledged the closure of Pakistan’s airspace due to the prevailing security situation.

However, later in the day, the CAA ─ in a tweet which has since been deleted ─ had stated that commercial aviation had been partially restored.

But in another tweet in the early hours of Thursday morning, it retracted the partial resumption statement and said that the closure was in fact still intact, adding that it would reopen around midnight on Thursday.

Operation of Samjhota Express temporarily suspended

On the other hand, the operation of Samjhota Express has been suspended on Thursday amid the soaring tensions between Pakistan and India.

“Samjhota Express will resume its operations as soon as the security situation improves between India and Pakistan,” said the Foreign Office in a statement.

Two pilots killed as two Indian jets shot down by PAF: DG ISPR

A day earlier, the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) shot down two Indian jets on Wednesday, giving the first surprise to India.  According to the ISPR, the Indian jets had violated the Line of Control. The PAF gave a timely response and destroyed them.

The Pak Army jawans arrested one of the pilots. The wreckage of one of the jets fell in the Pakistani territory, while the wreckage of another jet fell in Occupied Jammu and Kashmir.


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