Airspace for transit international flights has been closed in the border areas of India and Pakistan. As a result, airplanes previously flying over these territories are forced to search for other routes.
Indian media report. According to them, Pakistan has suspended all flights to the airports of Islamabad, Lahore, Multan, Faisalabad, and Sialkot. In its turn, India closed the airspace over the city of Amritsar for transit aircraft. As a result of these actions, one of the planes of Uzbekistan Airways had to turn around and land in Tashkent.
Earlier, representative of the Pakistani Armed Forces Major-General Asif Ghafoor said that the air forces of his country shot down two Indian jet fighters. According to him, it happened in Pakistan’s airspace near the Kashmir control line.
Besides, the MFA of Pakistan reported that Pakistani fighters launched an airstrike against targets in Kashmir from the Indian side. However, they did not go beyond the country’s airspace, but the Indian media claim the opposite.
In turn, the Indian ANI agency published data saying the Indian Air Forces hit a Pakistani plane that violated airspace in the Nowshera region. The fighter crashed into Pakistani territory, and the pilot managed to eject.
Since 1947, when India and Pakistan gained independence, Kashmir division remains the main subject of controversy between the two states. The Kashmir region is home to the Muslim majority. Ever since that moment, there have been three major wars between the countries, and minor episodes still continue to occur.