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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.

 

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Protect constitutional rights in Super Emergency era: Mamata Banerjee

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West Bengal: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has reiterated that the country is going through a period of “Super Emergency” and called on people to protect the rights and freedom guaranteed by the Constitution.

On the International Day of Democracy today (Sunday), let us once again pledge to safeguard the constitutional values our country was founded on. In this era of ‘Super Emergency’, we must do all it takes to protect the rights and freedoms that our Constitution guarantees,” she tweeted.

The Trinamool Congress supremo has time and again said that the country is going through ‘Super Emergency’ under the BJP-led NDA rule at the Centre.

The United Nations General Assembly had in 2007 resolved to observe 15 September every year as the International Day of Democracy to uphold and promote the principles of democracy.

Ms Banerjee has opposed multiple central schemes, including the steep new traffic fines and the Citizens’ list, saying neither will be implemented in Bengal.

She also attacked PM Modi over his visit to the space research agency ISRO to watch the planned touchdown of the Vikram lander on moon.

“Suddenly, today he (Narendra Modi) has gone there (at the ISRO headquarters in Bangalore) … Now for the next four days the issue of Chandrayaan will continue to dominate. As if they (the BJP) have done everything in the country. (As if) they have invented science …” she was quoted as saying by news agency Press Trust of India.

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