Pakistan is rightly called a parody nation. The only thing it produces in large quantities apart from terrorists desperately eager to blow themselves up is humour. Pure, unadulterated humour that they produce so unwittingly that they don’t even realise the world is laughing on their faces.
Pakistan’s PM starts loves to be a taxi driver. After being squeezed dry of their own resources by China, they try to repay China’s loan by selling donkeys. From news anchors screaming nuclear attack over tomatoes to pretty faces cutely declaring they thought Apple Inc was a fruit, Pakistani humour just has no match.
Latest in the offering is a die-hard Pakistani giving strategic advice to Imran Khan. Pakistani Twitter users have been asking Imran Khan to teach Modi a lesson by ‘shutting down Indian Airspace’
After Pakistan closed its airspace following the Balakot airstrikes of February 26, Air India suffered a financial loss of over Rs 491 crore,we have to do it again#ShutDownIndianAirSpace pic.twitter.com/5o6UcPtUnK pic.twitter.com/zFWqEKfW1x
— Asad Ullah (bhatti) (@Asadbhatti718) August 9, 2019
Asad Ullah has come up with a brilliant idea claiming that after Pakistan closed down its airspace following the Balakot airstrikes, India had suffered a financial loss of Rs 491 crores. He then suggested his government to do it again, by ‘shutting down Indian airspace’. He even ran a hashtag: #ShutDownIndianAirSpace.
What is more interesting that Pakistanis actually trended this hashtag, thinking they can make India suffer and they can close ‘Indian airspace’.
Ullah’s hashtag saw wide reactions on Twitter.
Pakistan is considering to #ShutDownIndianAirSpace by …closing their eyes ??
Intellectually Challenged “Khan” pic.twitter.com/IExh387JCF
— Saffron_Samosa (@SaffronSamosa) August 10, 2019
— Reshoe (@re_shoe_) August 10, 2019
Interestingly, some less enlightened Pakistanis did try to point out that Pakistan can close its own airspace, not India’s airspace. But the true patriotic Pakistanis shut them down, proclaiming that ‘When Modi’s planes fly over Pakistan, it becomes Indian airspace only.’
— Kamalpreet Singh (@KP_tigerstyle) August 9, 2019
— subramanyam (@subbu1091) August 10, 2019
Terminology apart, even if one assumes that our Jihadi neighbours actually meant closing their own airspace and just used the wrong term for it, Pakistani’s wishing that Indian economy will suffer if they close their airspace is a thought that is disturbingly suicidal in nature.
After the Balakot airstrikes, when Pakistan shut down its airspace for months, Indian airliners did suffer losses, but those losses were a fraction of what Pakistan had lost.
Following the airstrikes on Jaish-e-Muhammad training camp in Balakot conducted by the IAF on February 26 after the Pulwama attack, Pakistan had fully closed its airspace indefinitely. The closure of Pakistani airspace has affected almost 400 flights a day. This has cost over Rs 700 crore in loss to Pakistan until June end, which is reeling under an unprecedented economic crisis.
However, India’s losses were pegged at over Rs 400 crore. India, being a robust economy is more than capable of withstanding this loss, but Pakistan, being a smaller and much more fragile economy, the loss for them was much more severe. While the Indian economy can withstand the loss easily, airspace closure creates more significant problems for Pakistan whose economy is already in shambles.