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Pakistan plans not to make landing of Indian flights in its airspace



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Lahore: Pakistan on Wednesday banned its airspace for Indian flights till May 30, because Islamabad is awaiting for result of the Lok Sabha polls in India.

Pakistan closed its airspace after an Indian Air Force strike on Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terror camps in Balakot on 26 February.


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However, Pakistan opened airspace for all flights except for New Delhi, Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur on March 27. Civil Aviation Authority issued a notification after meeting to pilots and making them aware for state of flying.

Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) used to operate four flights to Kuala Lumpur, two to Bangkok and two to New Delhi.

According to a senior government official said, “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”.


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Senior (PIA) official told media persons that national carrier is running billions of financial loss because of suspension of flights especially to Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur. The government will now consider lifting of the ban on Pakistan’s airspace for Indian flights on May 30.

Pakistan’s Science and Technology Minister Fawad Chaudhry said “Status quo will remain till the elections are over in India. I don’t see any improvement in relations between Pakistan and India till the elections is over and a new government is installed. The ban on airspace by each other I think will also continue till Indian polls.”


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The airlines and civil aviation authorities of both countries are facing massive loss, not only flights between Europe and Far-east had increased duration but because of financial loss air ticket prices too increased.

The official said if land and rail routes are operational between Pakistan and India why air route are not operational as we are not only facing huge economic failure but also losing our passengers to other airlines.

Due to closure of airspace in Pakistan, operating cost for Air India which flies to destinations in Europe and the US increased significantly as it had to take longer routes, in mid-April Pakistan had opened one of its 11 air routes for west-bound flights from India and airlines such as Air India and Turkish Airlines have started using it.



Trump knew exactly what was going on: Giuliani aide




Washington: An aide to Rudy Giuliani, Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, has said that the US President “knew exactly what was going on” regarding efforts to pressure Ukraine into investigating Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and his son, it was reported on Thursday.

Ukrainian-American businessman Lev Parnass, who is facing separate criminal charges, made the comments in an interview with MSNBC on Wednesday after letters, phone records, notes and flash drives were obtained from him earlier this week, the BBC said in a report.

Documents show that the Ukraine-born Parnas was in regular contact with Giuliani as well as Ukrainian officials, and suggests that the businessman was directly involved in trying to have Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky look into the Bidens.

In the interview, Parnas said Trump was “aware of all my movements”.

“I wouldn’t do anything without the consent of Rudy Giuliani or the President. Why would President Zelensky’s inner circle or (Interior) Minister (Arsen) Avakov or all these people or (former) President (Petro) Poroshenko meet with me?

“Who am I? They were told to meet with me. And that’s the secret that they’re trying to keep. I was on the ground doing their work,” he added.

Parnas further said that the President was lying and knew that unless there was an investigation into Joe Biden and his son Hunter, who was a director of a Ukrainian gas company, military aid to Kiev would be withheld.

He also claimed that the investigation was about digging up dirt on Joe Biden.

Meanwhile, some of the materials obtained show Parnas and Giuliani discussing the removal of Marie Yovanovitch, the then US ambassador to Ukraine, said the BBC report.

In Wednesday’s interview, Parnas claimed the only motivation to get Yovanovitch removed from her post was because she was in the way of the effort to get Ukraine to announce an investigation into Joe Biden.

Trump was impeached by the Democrat-controlled US House of Representatives on December 18, 2019 and is accused of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.

The two articles of impeachment were sent to the Republican-majority Senate on Wednesday night, paving the way for the starting of a trial against the President.

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