The Pakistan Government is considering a complete closure of its airspace to India. The threat comes amid tension between India and Pakistan over the scrapping of special status to Jammu and Kashmir and the state’s bifurcation.
The move is aimed to block the trade route between India and Afghanistan.
Pakistan’s Science and Technology Minister Fawad Hussain wrote on Twitter: “PM is considering a complete closure of Air Space to India, a complete ban on use of Pakistan Land routes for Indian trade to Afghanistan was also suggested in cabinet meeting, legal formalities for these decisions are under consideration…Modi has started we’ll finish.”
Pakistan closed its airspace for flights originating from India for months together after February when the Indian Air Force destroyed terror camps in Balakot, in retaliation to the Pulwama attack. That time, all flights took a two hour longer routes in order to travel to the West from India, resulting in longer flight hours, operational costs to airline companies and additional ticketing costs for passengers.
The Islamic nation feels snubbed at after it wasn’t given much attention in the international forums over Kashmir.
When Pakistan took to the United Nations Security Council to garner international attention on Kashmir early this month, the UNSC conducted a close door meeting in which all members of the council acknowledged that Kashmir was a bilateral issue between India and Pakistan, therefore it requires no international mediation.
The sad reality has not reached Pakistan as their Prime Minister Imran Khan repeated several times that he would raise Kashmir on all international forums, including the UN General Assembly. He is stated to address the UN General Assembly next month.
“First, I believe, the entire nation should stand with the Kashmiri nation. I have said this that I will act as Kashmir’s ambassador. I will tell the world about this, I have shared this with heads of state that I have been in contact with. I will raise this issue at the UN as well,” Mr. Khan was quoted.
Pakistan has also threatened to move the International Court of Justice against India over its decisions in Kashmir.