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Pakistan partially closes airspace after downgrading diplomatic ties

New Delhi, Aug 8 : Pakistan has taken a series of steps including closing its airspace partially, downgrading diplomatic ties with New Delhi after India removed the special status granted to Jammu and Kashmir by scrapping Article 370 and bifurcating the state into two Union territories namely Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh.

Three out of 11 routes between India and Pakistan have been closed.

However, according to national carrier Air India, its west bound operations will not be impacted much by Pakistan’s decision to partially close its airspace.

“One air corridor has been closed requiring a maximum of 12 minutes diversion. Not really affecting us,” the flag carrier said.

Air India issued a statement saying it won’t affect them. Aviation security agency Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS) has also asked all airports to step up security in the wake of the recent developments related to Jammu and Kashmir, saying that “civil aviation has emerged as a soft target for terrorist attacks”.

 

Pakistan has called its high commissioner back from India and expelled the Indian envoy to Pakistan. Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood confirmed the news to the media.Pakistani diplomat Moin-ul-Haq was supposed to assume the post .

“We will call back our ambassador from Delhi and send back their” envoy, foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi announced in televised comments, while a government statement declared that Pakistan will suspend trade in a downgrading of diplomatic ties between the arch-rivals.He said Pakistan will review bilateral arrangements.Third,  to take the matter to the United Nations, including the Security Council. Pakistan also announced that the Pakistani Independence Day (August 14) will be “observed in solidarity with brave Kashmiris and their just struggle for their right of self-determination”. It also announced that August 15 will be observed as Black Day.

Pakistan PM Imran Khan has intensified diplomacy and talking to several countries including Britain, US, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Malaysia .
Only last month, Pakistan had fully opened its airspace which was closed following the Balakot air strikes in February.

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