Udayavni Special

Pak will not open airspace until India withdraws fighter jets from forward airbases


PTI, Jul 12, 2019, 1:21 PM IST

Islamabad: Pakistan has told India that it will not open its airspace for commercial flights until New Delhi removes its fighter jets from forward IAF airbases, Pakistan’s Aviation Secretary Shahrukh Nusrat has informed a parliamentary committee.

Pakistan fully closed its airspace on February 26 after the Indian Air Force (IAF) fighter jets struck a Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terrorist training camp in Balakot following the Pulwama terror attack in Kashmir.

Aviation Secretary Nusrat, who is also the Director General of the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), on Thursday informed the Senate Standing Committee on Aviation that his department has intimated Indian officials that Pakistani airspace would remain unavailable for use by India until the country withdraws its fighter jets from forward positions, Dawn News reported.

“The Indian government approached asking us to open the airspace. We conveyed our concerns that first India must withdraw its fighter planes placed forward,” Nusrat told the committee.

He further apprised the committee that Indian officials have contacted Pakistan requesting it to lift the airspace restrictions.

“However, Indian officials have been told that Indian airbases are still laden with fighter jets and Pakistan will not allow resumption of flight operations from India until their removal, said Nusrat.

After the restrictions, all the passenger flights are being diverted to alternative routes by India, The Express Tribune reported.

The CAA official also contested India’s claim that Delhi had opened its airspace for Pakistan, the report said.

“Pakistani flights from Thailand have not been restored since the closure of the Indian airspace. Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) flights for Malaysia also remain suspended,” the CAA DG informed the committee.

Last month, Pakistan gave special permission to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s VVIP flight to use its airspace for his official trip to attend the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation summit in Bishkek, the capital of Kyrgyzstan.

However Prime Minister Modi’s VVIP aircraft avoided flying over Pakistan. Earlier, Pakistan had allowed India’s former External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj to fly directly though Pakistani airspace to participate in the meeting of SCO foreign ministers in Bishkek on May 21.

India aviation industry has suffered huge losses due to the airspace ban by Pakistan.

On Thursday, Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri told Parliament that due to the closure of Pakistan airspace, Air India had to spend an extra Rs 430 crore on longer routes.

Udayavani is now on Telegram. Click here to join our channel and stay updated with the latest news.

Top News

PM reviews projects worth Rs 44,545 crore in ‘Pragati’ meeting

Right to silence is virtue in present noisy times: Facebook VP tells SC

K’taka COVID-19 update: 334 new cases, 313 discharges, 6 deaths on Feb 23

India resiliently fought back COVID-19 pandemic; economy, life on path to normalcy: SC

Govt to use new tech to survey mineral reserves says Min Nirani

”Hum do humare do”: Rahul takes dig at renaming of Gujarat stadium, name of 2 ends after corporates

Govt has no business to be in business says PM Modi



Related Articles More

Ghana is first nation in world to receive COVAX vaccines

India, France, Australia discuss ways to enhance cooperation in Indo-Pacific

Three people killed in clashes in southeast Iran

Indian-origin woman in Singapore tortures 24-yr-old maid to death: Report

Nepal’s Supreme Court reinstates dissolved House of Representatives

MUST WATCH

Mangaluru: Police arrest four for ATM skimming

Drama performer invokes Goddess Chamundi? Video viral

Mangaluru: Kudroli Ganesh wows audience with magic show

Listen to the story by Dr. Gururaj Karjagi on the concept of ‘Joy of Giving’. Part-1

Fraudsters fool in the name of help, loot Rs. 70,000 | Udayavani

Latest Additions

PM reviews projects worth Rs 44,545 crore in ‘Pragati’ meeting

Ghana is first nation in world to receive COVAX vaccines

Number of UHN Indians to rise 63 pc to 11,198 in 5 yrs says report

Right to silence is virtue in present noisy times: Facebook VP tells SC

K’taka COVID-19 update: 334 new cases, 313 discharges, 6 deaths on Feb 23

Thanks for visiting Udayavani

You seem to have an Ad Blocker on.
To continue reading, please turn it off or whitelist Udayavani.