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Pakistan and India closed their airspace to each other following a pre-dawn airstrike by the Indian Air Force (IAF) on an alleged terror camp in the Balakot region of Pakistan on 26 February.
The Pakistani authorities have decided to prolong ban on India using its airspace for commercial flights until June 15. The ban was originally set to last until the end of May.
In February, the Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) announced the closure of the country’s airspace for commercial flights. The decision was taken after the Pakistani army downed an Indian military jet that had crossed the Line of Control in the disputed Kashmir region.
Relations between India and Pakistan have taken a turn for the worst earlier this year. Tensions soared after a deadly attack in Kashmir on February 14, when a suicide bomber blew up an Indian security convoy, killing over 40 personnel. The attack was later claimed by Pakistan-based terrorist group Jaish-e-Mohammed.
The tragedy led to heightened tensions between the two South Asian neighbours as the Indian Air Force launched an airstrike on 26 February and reportedly destroyed terror camps in the Balakot area in Pakistan. The following day, Pakistan retaliated with a number of fighter jets and reportedly shot down an Indian aircraft, capturing the pilot.