WION Web Team New Delhi, India
Aug 29, 2019, 04.23 PM
Ministry of External Affairs' spokesperson Raveesh Kumar on Thursday briefed media and stated that Pakistan, by its activities, is portraying that the situation with India is very sensitive.
He stated that there has been no communication from Pakistan on complete closure of airspace, "certain sectors have been temporarily closed and notifications were received on certain routes and diversions."
Raveesh Kumar, MEA on letter by Pakistan Minister Shireen Mazari to the United Nations: The letter is not even worth the paper on which it was written. Don’t want to give credence to it by reacting. https://t.co/Ag0twwZKkJpic.twitter.com/M5sgc09Tjn
On Pak Human Rights Shireen Mazari's letter to the president of UN Rights Council Kumar said, "don't want to lend any credence to the letter by acting, the letter is not even worth the paper on which it has has been written."
On the matter of Pakistan trained commandos' intrusion in Kutch, he said, "ask relevant authorities on this matter, our security forces are ready to deal with any eventualities."
Raveesh Kumar, MEA: What we understand is perhaps there were certain sectors which were temporarily closed, there have been NOTAM (A notice to airmen) which were issued that too for a certain period. There has been no statement from Pakistan confirming closure of airspace. pic.twitter.com/mKlZI22aVF
"Terrorism is an instrument of Pakistan's policy, their statements instigate violence," he added.
India slammed Pakistan for its irresponsible statements which include resorting to war and has asked the country to act like a normal neighbour by not supporting terror in the neighbouring country.
Earlier this week, Pakistan railway minister Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed said that there could be a war between the two countries towards the end of the year.
Pak Minister Fawad Chowdhary had said that Islamabad had considered closing airspace for India though Pakistani foreign ministry has clarified that no such decision has been taken. The use of Pak airspace for PM Modi's plane during France visit was given by Islamabad to New Delhi despite its rhetoric on Kashmir after August 5.
Asking Pakistan to behave like "a normal neighbour", Kumar said "What do normal neighbours do, they don't push terrorist in the neighbouring country. You do normal talk, normal trade".
The director-general of Pakistan military operations tweeted out a video of the missile test which was carried out at night.
Raveesh Kumar, MEA: It is important for them (Pakistan) to now start behaving like a normal neighbour. What do normal neighbours do? You don't push terrorists into a neighbouring country. You do normal talk, normal trade.This is not something which is happening from Pakistan. pic.twitter.com/kx9SXLCteq
The missile has a reported distance capability of 290 kilometres. It can deliver multiple types of warheads.
Meanwhile, Mundra port has been put on high alert after Pakistan trained commandos entered the Gulf of Kutch and Kutch area through Harami Nala creek area.
Pakistan Foreign Minister, Shah Mehmood Qureshi: Pakistan has not yet decided to close its airspace to India. PM is the final authority to take a decision on this. (file pic) pic.twitter.com/8U6Ttp7lPK