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Pakistan Shuts Down Airspace

by AFP and Staff Report

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Civil Aviation Authority says airspace closed until further notice due to tense environment

Pakistan closed its airspace on Wednesday, the Civil Aviation Authority and the military said, as fears spiked of an all-out conflict with neighbor India.

The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) tweeted that it “has officially closed its airspace until further notice,” while a Pakistani military spokesman said the decision had been taken “due to the environment.”

A CAA source told AFP that all airlines had been notified to “suspend their operations in Pakistan until further notice.”

The decision came after Pakistan said it had shot down two Indian Air Force planes in its airspace Wednesday, taking tensions between the South Asian rivals to dangerous new levels. Pakistan said it had captured two Indian pilots, with one in hospital.

Meanwhile, India has shut eight airports after the latest incident. According to NDTV, India has suspended flight operations at Amritsar, Jammu, Srinagar and Leh, Kullu-Manali, Kangra, Shimla and Pathankot. The Aviation Authority of India did not immediately respond to requests for official comment.

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