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Pakistan suspends flight operations in Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa provinces: Report

The move comes amid escalation of tension between India and Pakistan after IAF carried out strikes on terror bases in Pakistan.

world Updated: Feb 27, 2019 13:38 IST
Press Trust of India
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Flight operations were suspended across major airports in Pakistan’s Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa provinces on Wednesday in the wake of the escalating tensions between Pakistan and India, according to a media report.(AFP File Photo/Representative Image)

Flight operations were suspended across major airports in Pakistan’s Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa provinces on Wednesday in the wake of the escalating tensions between Pakistan and India, according to a media report.

The move comes amid escalation of tension between India and Pakistan after IAF carried out strikes on terror bases in Pakistan. According to Lahore airport manager, flight operations at Lahore, Multan, Faisalabad, Sialkot and Islamabad airports have been suspended, the Geo News reported.

All incoming and outgoing local and international flights have been suspended until further orders, he was quoted as saying.

“A flight from Guanghzou, China has been sent back,” the manager further said.

Read: After IAF strike, Sushma Swaraj calls for UN-led mechanism to end terror

The channel quoting its sources said a passenger airplane was stopped from taking off from Bacha Khan International Airport in Peshawar on the orders of Civil Aviation Authority.

India has also shut down five airports in Srinagar, Jammu, Leh, Chandigarh and Amritsar, on Wednesday for civilian air traffic shortly after an IAF jet crashed in Kashmir’s Budgam district, officials said.

The flare up in the cross-LoC shelling, which was initiated by Pakistani troops in early hours of Wednesday, has also resulted in security forces and other establishments being put on a heightened alert.

Also read| ‘Strikes across LoC from within Pak airspace’, claims Pakistan

(This story has been published from a wire agency feed without modifications to the text.)

First Published: Feb 27, 2019 13:37 IST