Sunday, June 09, 2019

Pakistan airspace closure reduces Afghan exports to India, says official

The closure of Pakistan's airspace to commercial flights between Kabul and New Delhi has decreased Afghanistan's exports, including dry fruit, vegetables, fresh fruit, carpets, and handicrafts, to India by 30 per cent, officials said on Saturday.
Tolo News confirmed that Afghan farmers and investors will have to face losses if the airspace remains closed during the vegetable and fruit harvesting season, after quoting Mir Zaman Popal, an official at the Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI).
"Closure of Pakistan's airspace to Afghan flights is a serious matter and we know that the challenges will increase if the situation prevails," Popal was quoted as saying.

Pakistan had fully closed its airspace to all commercial flights late in February after an Indian Air Force carried out aerial airstrikes on a Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terror camp in Balakot on February 26.
The strikes were in response to the terror attack in Pulwama, in which about 40 CRPF personnel lost their lives on February 14.
In March, the country partially opened its airspace for all flights but not for Indian flights.
The airspace was opened to some certain flights but it is yet to be opened for Afghan flights en route to India.
09/06/19 ANI/Business Standard
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