New Delhi: Pakistan has closed it airspace partially. Three out of 11 routes between India and Pakistan have been closed. 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”.
The closing of airspace decision came after Pakistan said it will be downgrading the diplomatic relations with India. The scrapping of Article 370 and bifurcation of Jammu and Kashmir into two Union territories has finally had its impact on India-Pakistan relations.
Amid uproar over India’s Kashmir provisions, Pakistan has also called for the review of bilateral arrangements.
Air India released a statement soon after Pakistan said that it will close three out of 11 routes between India and Pakistan.
Air India said, “One air corridor has been closed requiring a maximum of a 12-minutes diversion. It will not really affect us.”
07/08/19 Hamza Ameer/India Today