PM Narendra Modi ‘hints’ at cancelling Air Connectivity between India and Pakistan !

The PMO has hinted that the air connectivity between India and Pakistan might be ended very soon. Narendra Modi led government is examining if the flights between India and Pakistan should continue. currently, Pakistan International Airlines flies 5 times a week to Delhi and Mumbai. The government is also mulling to ask airlines to avoid Pakistan Airspace.

After the Parliament attack in 2001, aviation ties between the two countries were suspended for a few years and the Indian carriers operating international flights did not overfly the Pakistan airspace. As a result, Indian flights to Europe, US and Gulf countries had to take a longer route over Ahmedabad and then the Arabian Sea towards the Gulf and beyond. This increased the flying time to west by 1-2 hours.

As per TOI, “The PMO has sought all details of aviation sector between India and Pakistan. They even asked if the ban on low overflying over Karachi had affected Indian flights. We have given all details as sought by them and a final decision will be taken by the PMO.” As of now, some of the airlines have already kept the alternate flying routes ready in case India asks all the planes to avoid the Pakistani airspace !

This comes after the PM has reviewed the Indus Water Treaty, is planning to review & cancel the Most Favoured Nation status to Pakistan… and finally today, with a surgical attacks across LoC where Indian Army destroyed 7 terrorist camps in PoK and killed a large number of terrorists. Pakistan should realise that they are dealing with an altogether different government !!

Kshitij Mohan