Pakistan imposes airspace curbs as tension escalates with India?
PIA called off flights to Gilgit and Skardu in Gilgit-Baltistan region in Pakistan- controlled-Kashmir (PoK) and Chitral in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province. Photograph: (Getty)
Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) cancelled multiple flights after Civil Aviation Authority’s (CAA) announced closing of airspace over the country’s northern areas on Wednesday, according to multiple reports.
"As per directives of CAA (Civil Aviation Authority), the air space over Northern areas will remain closed on Wednesday. Inconvenience regretted," PIA spokesperson Danyal Gilani said on Twitter.
Flights to northern areas including Gilgit and Skardu in Pakistan-controlled Kashmir were cancelled.
The move to impose airspace restrictions comes amid escalating tensions with India, Indian news agency PTI said. However, Pakistan daily, the Dawn, pointed out that no reason was given for closure of airspace.
India and Pakistan are at loggerheads with each-other following terror attack on Indian Army base in the Uri sector of Kashmir Valley where 18 soldiers were killed. Four militants involved in the terror strike were also shot dead during one of the worst such raids in over two decades in Kashmir.
A showdown at United Nations General Assembly has also laid bare the tensions between the two nations with both the countries hurling allegations at each other over continuing unrest and human rights violations in Kashmir in India and Balochistan in Pakistan.
(WION with inputs from agencies)