Pak climb-down: Now says no decision yet on airspace shutdown

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After realising that the move may backfire on their country,Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said no decision had yet been taken to close Pakistan’s airspace to  India. There were reports that Pakistan was mulling over shutting three air routes for Indian planes.

According to a report in Dawn, the minister dismissed the reports suggesting that the airspace was being shut for India as “speculative”. “A decision to this effect will be taken after due consideration and looking into each and every aspect of the move through consultation,” he said. He said PM Imran Khan would take the final call on this.

The Pakistan foreign minister said India had damaged the spirit of bilateralism by its unilateral and illegal actions. He regretted that curfew in India-held Kashmir had entered its 23rd day, saying it was a matter of life and death for the Kashmiris who were facing acute shortage of life-saving drugs and food.