All domestic and international flights operations across Pakistan has been suspended on Thursday, according to Pakistan’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).
In a tweet, the CAA wrote: “NOTAM is still in place and airspace over #Pakistan remains closed. Apology for an earlier tweet that indicated the partial opening of our airspace for commercial aviation. Any further information will be shared accordingly.”
Qatar Airways, the airline, has on Wednesday issued a statement where it asserted that due to escalated tension between India and Pakistan at the border in Jammu and Kashmir, Islamabad’s flight services to the airports such as Sialkot, Lahore, Multan, Faisalabad, Islamabad, Peshawar and Karachi has been temporarily suspended.
Flight services, on Wednesday, across around eight Indian airports – Kullu, Leh, Amritsar, Dharamshala, Shimla, Jammu, Srinagar, and Pathankot – has been shuttered briefly. Later, the flight operation resumed in all those airports.
Meanwhile, after Pakistan decided to shut its airspace, Air Canada also temporarily halted its flight services to India.
All these measures have come after Indian Air Force (IAF) wing commander Abhinandan Varthaman was being captured by the Pakistani army yesterday when the Pakistan Air Force trespassed the border and violated the Indian air space.
India has sought the safe and immediate return of the Indian defence personnel with strongly underlining that “no harm comes to the Indian defence personnel in its custody”.