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Pak suspends flight operations at major airports


LAHORE: Pakistan on Wednesday suspended flight operations throughout primary airports, including Islamabad and Lahore, for an indefinite length in the wake of the escalating tensions with India, a top civil aviation authority mentioned.

Pakistan's Civil aviation authority spokesman Mujtaba Baig told PTI that flight operations in Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa provinces have been suspended for an indefinite length.

He mentioned the flight operations from and to Lahore, Sialkot, Faisalabad, Multan and Rawalpindi/Islamabad airports have been suspended.


The planes which had left from foreign locations for those airports have been diverted to the safer airports, he mentioned.


The transfer comes amid escalation of anxiety between India and Pakistan after IAF carried out moves on terror bases in Pakistan.


India has also closed 5 airports in Srinagar, Jammu, Leh, Chandigarh and Amritsar, on Wednesday for civilian air site visitors shortly after an IAF jet crashed in Kashmir's Budgam district, officers mentioned.


The flare up in the cross-LoC shelling, which used to be initiated via Pakistani troops in early hours of Wednesday, has led to safety forces and different institutions being put on a heightened alert.


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