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‘IAF is in a high state of preparedness’: Indian Air Force issues statement on Pakistan airspace shutdown

In its statement, the IAF said, "The Indian Air Force is in a high state of preparedness, to proactively engage any perceived threat in the present security scenario".

The Indian Air Force has issued a new statement on Thursday over the decision of Pakistan to shut down its airspace.

In its statement, the IAF said, “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 state of aggression from Pakistan Air Force is being maintained. As per NOTAM No. A0234/19 issued by CAA Pakistan, it has opened their airspace with Oman, Iran, Afghanistan and China only. The eleven Entry/Exit points located along Indo-Pak airspace boundary are still closed.”

We had reported yesterday that Pakistan has extended the shutdown of its airspace till Thursday although limited flights have been permitted in Islamabad, Peshawar, Karachi and Quetta.

Pakistan, on the 5th of March, had announced that their airspace had fully reopened only to extend it to Tuesday, then again till Wednesday and now it has been announced that it has been extended till Thursday. Although things appear to have deescalated, for now, Pakistan still remains wary as ceasefire violations continue at the Line of Control.

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