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PM Modi may ban direct Pakistan-India flights

No Indian operators, including Air India currently operate direct flights to Pakistan now, while Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) operates five flights a week to India
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In the wake of terrorist attacks in Uri, India is considering if Pakistani flights should be allowed to fly into India.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s office will come up with a final decision on whether to continue direct flight operations between India and Pakistan soon.

The PMO is giving focus on the issue along with reviewing the Indus Waters Treaty with Pakistan and also its previous gesture of granting the most favoured nation status (MFN) given to Pakistan in 1996, as part of a multi-pronged strategy.

No Indian flights, including that of Air India, currently operate direct flights to Pakistan now, while Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) operates five flights a week to India, one flight on the Delhi-Karachi route and two each on Delhi-Lahore and Mumbai-Karachi sectors.

However, flights by both countries fly over each other’s territory, as majority of the international flights operated by Indian airlines between the Middle East, Europe and North America and domestic flights to central, north and east India fly over Pakistan.

PIA also flies its flights over India to destinations in Southeast Asia and Bangladesh.

Prime Minister Modi, in his first speech after the terrorist attacks in Kashmir, stated that the sacrifices made by Indian soldiers in Uri ‘will not go in vain’.

Now, Indian government has struck across the LoC, targeting militant camps operating from PoK, in a clinical attack.

India now feels that it is time to tighten the rope on the neck of Pakistan, and feels that strict measures are needed to curb Pak-sponsored terrorism.

“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,” a source revealed.

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