Pak­istan may close airspace to In­dia: Min­is­ter

Fiji Sun - - Asia News - Is­lam­abad: Reuters

Pak­istan Prime Min­is­ter Im­ran Khan is con­sid­er­ing clos­ing Pak­istan’s airspace to In­dia and block­ing its land trade route to Afghanista­n, the sci­ence and technology min­is­ter said. Pak­istan re­opened its airspace to In­dia in mid-July, hav­ing closed it in Fe­bru­ary af­ter an at­tack by a Pak­istan-based Is­lamist mil­i­tant group in In­di­an­con­trolled, Mus­lim-ma­jor­ity Kash­mir that led to clashes be­tween the nu­clear-armed neigh­bours.

Bi­lat­eral ten­sions bub­bled over again this month when In­dian Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi gov­ern­ment revoked Kash­mir’s spe­cial sta­tus, un­der which peo­ple from the rest of In­dia could not buy prop­erty or com­pete for gov­ern­ment jobs.

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