IAF on Pakistan opening airspace with select countries

India

07 Mar 2019

Prepared to proactively engage with any threat from Pakistan: IAF

The Indian Air Force (IAF) on Thursday said it was in a "high state of preparedness" for engaging proactively with any kind of perceived threat from Pakistan.

The IAF issued the statement, indicating that the tension between both the countries "still prevails".

This comes after Pakistan kept airspace over the India-Pakistan border shut while opening its airspace for several other countries.

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Pakistan opened its airspace only with four countries

Citing a document of Pakistani civil aviation authority, the IAF said that Pakistan has opened its airspace only with four countries - Oman, Iran, Afghanistan, and China. However, 11 entry and exit points along the India-Pakistan airspace remained shut.

'Indian Air Force is in a high state of preparednes'

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Strict vigil in skies to detect, thwart act of aggression

"The Indian Air Force is in a high state of preparedness to proactively engage any perceived threat in the present security scenario. A strict vigil in the skies to detect and thwart any act of aggression from Pakistan Air Force is being maintained," IAF stated.

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IAF bases along India's western border on 'maximum alert'

"As per NOTAM No. A0234/19 issued by CAA (Civil Aviation Authority) Pakistan, it has opened their airspace with Oman, Iran, Afghanistan, and China only," the IAF said in a statement.

"The eleven Entry/Exit points located along Indo-Pak airspace boundary are still closed," it added.

Meanwhile, all the IAF bases along the western border of India are on "maximum alert".

NOTAM No. A0234/19 issued by CAA Pakistan

Tensions

Tensions between India, Pakistan escalated after Pulwama attack, Balakot airstrikes

Tensions between India and Pakistan escalated after Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed carried out the deadly Pulwama attack in J&K, killing 40 CRPF personnel, following which the Indian Air Force bombed the terror outfit's biggest training camp near Balakot in Pakistan on 26 February.

Pakistan, however, retaliated to the Balakot airstrikes by violating Indian airspace to target military installations on 27 February; however, IAF foiled Pakistan's plans.

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