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Tuesday 15 October 2019

Pakistan partially reopens airspace as tensions ease

The closures disrupted air traffic in the region.

Activists of Pakistan-India Peoples’ Forum for Peace and Democracy rally against any escalation of tension (BK Bangash)
Activists of Pakistan-India Peoples’ Forum for Peace and Democracy rally against any escalation of tension (BK Bangash)

By Associated Press Reporter

Pakistan’s civil aviation authority has partially re-opened the country’s airspace, allowing travel to four major cities.

The move is another sign that tensions with rival India are de-escalating.

The agency issued a statement on Friday saying all domestic and international flights will be allowed to and from the cities of Karachi, Islamabad, Peshawar and Quetta.

It says other airports, including the one located in the eastern city of Lahore that borders India, will remain closed until March 4.

Islamabad closed its air space on Wednesday after saying that Pakistan’s military shot down two Indian warplanes and captured a pilot, escalating tensions between the nuclear-armed rivals.

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The Indian pilot is set to be released later (Pakistan military/AP)

The closures disrupted air traffic in the region.

The pilot is expected to be handed back to India later in the day, a move Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has said was a gesture of peace.

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