The government of Pakistan is once again considering a complete ban on the use of the country’s airspace by Indian flights; a senior minister said on Tuesday, weeks after the Indian government revoked Jammu and Kashmir’s special status.
“The federal Cabinet which met on Tuesday was also considering banning India from using Pakistani land routes for Indo-Afghan trade,” Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry said.
“PM is considering a complete closure of Air Space to India, a complete ban on use of Pakistan Land routes for Indian trade to Afghanistan was also suggested in cabinet meeting,legal formalities for these decisions are under consideration… #Modi has started we ll finish!” Fawad Choudhry tweeted.
PM is considering a complete closure of Air Space to India, a complete ban on use of Pakistan Land routes for Indian trade to Afghanistan was also suggested in cabinet meeting,legal formalities for these decisions are under consideration… #Modi has started we ll finish!
— Ch Fawad Hussain (@fawadchaudhry) August 27, 2019
Pakistan had fully sealed its airspace on February 26, and fully reopened the airspace on July 16.
Air India, the country’s flag carrier, operates around 50 flights daily through Pakistani airspace.
The flights are to the US, Europe and the Middle East.
“A blanket ban on the use of Pakistani land routes for India’s trade with Afghanistan was also suggested during the Cabinet meeting held on Tuesday,” Chaudhry said.
He said the legal procedures for these decisions to take effect were under consideration.
“Modi has started we’ll finish!” the minister tweeted this as well, referring to the Indian government’s move to revoke Jammu and Kashmir’s special autonomy on August 5.
The reaction to India’s decision, Pakistan expelled the Indian High Commissioner soon after deciding to downgrade the diplomatic ties with India over what it called New Delhi’s “unilateral and illegal” move.
Chaudhry’s statement came a day after the Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan said that he will raise the Kashmir issue at every international forum, including at the UN General Assembly next month.
Khan’s address to the nation came after Prime Minister Narendra Modi, during his meeting with US President Donald Trump on the sidelines of the G7 Summit in France on Monday, categorically disallowed any scope for third party mediation between India and Pakistan on Kashmir.