Spooked over US’s agreement that Kashmir is a bilateral issue, Pakistan Prime Minister, who has declared himself as an ambassador’ of Kashmir in front of the world, is considering closing all of its airspace for India, blocking all air routes for Indian flights.
Pakistan’s Federal Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry said that prime minister Imran Khan is contemplating the stoppage of routes to impede Indian trade.
“PM [Imran Khan] is considering a complete closure of air space to India. A complete ban on the use of Pakistan’s land routes for Indian trade to Afghanistan was also suggested in a cabinet meeting. The legal formalities for these decisions are under consideration…Modi has started we’ll finish!” Fawad Chaudhry wrote in a tweet.
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 cabinet meets over Kashmir
The move comes after important discussions on Kashmir were held Tuesday in a cabinet meeting in Islamabad. The meeting was chaired by Prime Minister Imran Khan, who discussed the ongoing situation in Jammu and Kashmir, detailing the future course of action Pakistan will be taking against India’s actions in Jammu and Kashmir.
Other than a suggestion to close airspace and land trade routes for India, Imran Khan also took the cabinet into confidence over a 30-minute show of solidarity by all cabinet members along with the people of Pakistan with Kashmiris on a weekly basis.
Backlash over PM Modi’s use of Pakistani airspace
The decision to close the airspace comes after widespread criticism and questions were being raised by Pakistanis on the government for allowing Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to use Pakistani airspace on August 22 during a state visit to France, United Arab Emirates and Bahrain.
Modi’s flight callsign Air India One (A1-I crossed over from Pakistani airspace while en route from New Delhi to France.
Pakistan’s cabinet meeting is also considering closing all land trade routes for India to Afghanistan as part of its ongoing aggressive against India.
Closure of airspace will result in an additional cost to Indian flights while land route closure from India to Afghanistan may cause more effects on Afghanistan.
Pakistan has decided to take the fight to India on Kashmir on all fronts. Pakistan Prime Minister has said he will be Kashmir’s ambassador and do what he can do let the world know about what he calls ‘Indian brutalities in Jammu and Kashmir’.
No trade, no diplomacy
Already strained relations between India and Pakistan worsened in early August when Pakistan decided to downgrade diplomatic ties with India, recall its high commissioner from New Delhi, expel the Indian envoy to Islamabad and suspend bilateral trade.
Pakistan’s announcement comes nearly five months after India decided to revoke the Most Favoured Nation (MFN status that it had accorded to Pakistan in 1996. This decision was taken in the aftermath of the Pulwama terror attack
In early August, there were reports that Pakistan had closed down a couple of routes for Indian flights following its decision to downgrade diplomatic ties with India in response to New Delhi’s move to revoke special status of Kashmir.
However, it later clarified that it has neither closed its airspace for India nor re-routed any route for the Indian flights.