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CAA changes Karachi’s aerial routes

Will last from August 28 to August 31

SAMAA | - Posted: Aug 28, 2019 | Last Updated: 2 years ago
Posted: Aug 28, 2019 | Last Updated: 2 years ago

Pakistan’s Civil Aviation Authority has closed three routes for all international Karachi-bound flights and proposed three alternative routes.

A notice to Airmen (NOTAM) issued by the aviation authority on Wednesday notified the changes. It said that all Karachi-bound flights will have to abide by the modifications from August 28 to August 31.

The decision comes a day after Federal Science and Technology Minister Fawad Chaudhry said the prime minister was considering a “complete closure” of airspace to India.

“A complete ban on the use of Pakistan’s land routes for Indian trade to Afghanistan was suggested in the cabinet meeting,” the minister tweeted on Tuesday.

This isn’t the first time Pakistan has closed its airspace this year. A complete closure was put in place after Indian fighter jets violated Pakistani airspace on February 26.

Airspace was completely opened on July 16, five months after the tensions grew in February.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi used Pakistan’s airspace to travel to France on August 22. He was given permission to use Pakistani airspace because there was no ban in place, the cabinet was told on Tuesday.

On February 27, Pakistani jets had downed two Indian planes over Kashmir and arrested Indian wing commander Abhinandan Varthaman. The wing commander was released after a few days as a gesture of peace.

Pakistan had opened its airspace for Indian flights in July. Indian airlines suffered a loss of millions due to the temporary closure.

The latest tensions between the two countries started August 5 after India ended the autonomous status of Indian-held Kashmir.

In his address to the nation on August 26, Prime Minister Imran Khan had termed the BJP government’s move to revoke Kashmir’s special status as a “historical blunder.”

The premier had said that Pakistan had received information that India was planning to stage a “false flag operation” in Kashmir to justify a possible attack on Pakistan.

“Our army had prepared itself after we received the information,” PM Khan said.

He urged the world to intervene to ease tensions between the two countries, saying that India and Pakistan both have nuclear weapons.

“No country will win this [war],” he added.

During the cabinet meeting on Tuesday, PM Khan also objected to the use of Pakistan’s airspace by PM Modi.

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  1. ATTIKA  August 28, 2019 12:17 pm/ Reply

    What alternatives they suggested?
    It’s a game to destroy the #Karachi economy again just like they had started intra-country buses to facilitate punj-aibi business/transporters by destroying Pakistan railways and local airlines
    Fawad chudhry is … idiot

  2. Syed Furqan Shah  August 28, 2019 11:53 pm/ Reply

    Pakistan Should Close immediately The Airospace for India Not Even india but also should Close for Afghanistan as well
    Because weaker Afghan is equavellent to stronger Pakistan in view of upcoming possible War with India

  3. Nabeel  August 29, 2019 11:03 am/ Reply

    Why you people start blaming Punjabi’s for every thing happen in Pakistan?

  4. Yasir  August 29, 2019 11:39 am/ Reply

    I really disturb by ATTIKA’s comments, she bring all this punjabi, karachihits stuff from no were…
    Shameful, 3 Airspace are blocked only means no plan can fly through that zone (same like roads), while all rest are open, and most importantly its nothing to do Karachi economy bcoz Airspace fee goes to Federal account not Karachi…
    Plz study before comment anything

  5. Rahim  August 31, 2019 9:39 pm/ Reply

    Well, he/she may be off the topic, but what Attika is saying is true. Have a heart to listen to truth. Otherwise Pakistan will not change for better for everybody. Let’s discuss freely. Isn’t media all about this. No holy cows.

  6. Laila  September 6, 2019 9:41 am/ Reply

    I’m a Karachiite and I’m so glad for the air route change, with war clouds looming in, an intelligent state take such measures beforehand to protect it’s cities. As they have prior knowledge of threats and risks.
    This is to protect the Karachi city’s air space in future and I think attika should be ignored.

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