Pakistani airspace closed for commercial flights 'due to security situation'

Pakistani airspace closed for commercial flights 'due to security situation'

Meantime, the Pakistani Foreign Ministry said, "Today, Pakistan Air Force undertook strikes across Line of Control from within Pakistani airspace".

Officials from Pakistani Armed Forces have released some video and images showing, as they claim, an Indian pilot from fighter jet downed on its side of Kashmir. The Press Trust of India news agency says these airports are located at Srinagar, Jammu and Leh.

At least five Indian airports were also closed and scores of flights were being cancelled, aviation authorities there said on condition of anonymity.

The ties between the two Asian neighbors have grown tense following the February 14 suicide attack on the Indian police in the Indian-controlled Kashmir that had killed over 40 policemen. All passengers flying to/from Pakistan are advised to contact Gulf Air's Worldwide Contact Centre on 00973 17373737 before proceeding to the airport.

"India does not wish to see further escalation of this situation", Sushma Swaraj said during a visit to China.

India, earlier on Wednesday, shut several airports in the northern part of the country temporarily, leading to dozens of domestic flight cancellations after Pakistani warplanes crossed a disputed border into the Indian side of Kashmir.

Pakistan and India said Wednesday they had shot down each other's warplanes, in a dramatic escalation of the risky confrontation between the nuclear-armed rivals.

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

Speaking to ARY News, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader contended that the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) has strongly responded India over violation of Pakistan's airspaces.

Bahrain's Gulf Air said it had suspended all fights to and from Pakistan due to closure of airspace while low-priced carrier flydubai said it is reviewing its schedule.

"My name is Wing Commander Abhinandan and my service number is 27981", said a man on video.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo spoke separately with the foreign ministers of India and Pakistan and urged them to avoid "further military activity" following Tuesday's airstrike.

As friend of both nations, China hopes India and Pakistan can solve problems via talks and ensure regional peace, he said.

Pakistan has denied involvement in the Kashmir bombing that sparked the latest tensions.

Nuclear-armed India and Pakistan have fought two of their three full-fledged wars over the Himalayan territory since their partition during independence from Britain in 1947.

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