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Lahore: Pakistan on Wednesday decided not to lift its airspace ban for Indian flights till May 30, as Islamabad is awaiting the outcome of the Lok Sabha polls in India.

Pakistan fully closed its airspace after an Indian Air Force strike on a Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terror camp in Balakot on February 26. However, Pakistan opened its airspace for all flights except for New Delhi, Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur on March 27.

“The top officials of defence and aviation ministries held a meeting on Wednesday to reconsider opening its airspace for Indian flights. They decided that Pakistan’s airspace will remain banned for the Indian flights till May 30, a senior government official told PTI after the meeting.

He said the Civil Aviation Authority has also notified the decision to the airmen. The authority issued a notification (Notam) after the meeting to pilots, advising them of circumstances relating to the state of flying.

The official said the government will now consider lifting of the ban on Pakistan’s airspace for Indian flights on May 30.

Also read: With Balakot, India both gained & lost an opportunity to push Pakistan to act against terror


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  1. India could always tighten the noose even more. A loss of fuel & harm to environment is a definite loss. PK must undergo a radical movement within their population if it were to address the atrocities committed & put an end to the terror spread. Every country wide change comes out of a mass movement, one that rethinks their role on the world and makes every effort to get better, more human, less evil, more compassionate, more enlightened.

  2. The earlier ban was up to 15 May. They decided to stretch it beyond 23 May, just to see the outcome of India’s elections, and to see if some shooter-from-the-mouth doesn’t actually go berserk seeing the results of those elections!

  3. Each extra mile that Indian civilian aircraft fly by way of detour is burning expensive ATF, harming the environment. 2. May the next government be pleased to undertake a comprehensive review of Pakistan policy, consider whether a composite dialogue should be resumed, SAARC allowed to become a productive regional grouping.


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