September 30, 2020

AMID High Tensions In Kashmir, Pakistan Plans To Block It’s Airspace For Indian Air Traffic

India recently removed the special status given to Kashmir by abolishing Article 370 and 35-A. This action of the  Modi government declared Kashmir a part of India and also abolished it’s special status as a self-governed territory. This created widespread unrest in the valley and the valley was quickly put under army control and a curfew was imposed on the day on which the decision was put into effect, on August 5, 2019. Moreover, Indian politician Mr. Amit Shah proposed a Bill that proposed to divide Indian administered Kashmir into two regions, Jammu & Kashmir and, Ladakh. The Bill was passed and Kashmir was divided into two separate states. These actions of the Indian government are not only against the UN resolution but also against the decisions of the supreme court of India, which gave the right of self-governance to the Kashmiri people.

Pakistan in retaliation to this and for showing solidarity to the Kashmiri people expelled Indian ambassador to Pakistan, broke all diplomatic ties, raised the issue in the United Nations Security Council and is now considering to block Pakistan’s airspace for Indian Airlines and also plans to restrict Afghanistan from carrying out trade with India by using Pakistan’s land routes.

The matters for the closure of airspace and restrictions on Indo-Afghan trade were discussed in the federal cabinet meeting after PM Imran Khan announced publically to act as an ambassador for Kashmir. He also said that Pakistan would not stop it’s efforts until Kashmir is liberated. Chaudhry Fawad Hussain also tweeted about the PM’s decision to impose a blanket blockade of Pakistani airspace for the Indian Airlines and the closure of land routes used for Indo-Afghan trade. Special Assistant to the PM Firdous Ashiq Awan said in a conference that the PM in the cabinet meeting reinforced the fact that Pakistan is with the Kashmiri people in their efforts for freedom.

The plans to impose a ban on the use of Pakistan’s land routes by Afghanistan was put into consideration after Afghanistan blamed Pakistan for shelling it’s bordering regions with Pakistan, in the UN. A complaint was filed by Afghanistan in the UN against Pakistan on August 22 and experts claim that this step was taken to support India against Pakistan

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