Pakistan Army personnel pose with the Ghaznavi missile. | @OfficialDGISPR& |  Photo Credit: Twitter
- The Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority had said in the NOTAM that the routes would be shut from August 28-31
- The development comes a day after the Pakistani media quoted their Railways Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmad claiming that “a full-blown war between Pakistan and India” was likely
Islamabad: A day after Pakistan announced that it will shut down its Karachi airspace, the Islamic nation tested a surface-to-surface ballistic missile Ghaznavi in the intervening night of Wednesday and Thursday, something that could be seen as a blatant escalation of an already-strained diplomatic relationship with India following a series of events through this year.
Pakistan had on Wednesday shut down three routes of the Karachi airspace and issued a notice to airmen (NOTAM) and a naval warning of a possible missile test fire from the Sonmiani testing range near Karachi.
The Pakistani Army today confirmed the development and said that they carried out night training launch of surface-to-surface missile Ghaznavi.
“Pakistan successfully carried out night training launch of surface to surface ballistic missile Ghaznavi, capable of delivering multiple types of warheads upto 290 KMs. CJCSC & Services Chiefs congrat team. President & PM conveyed appreciation to team & congrats to the nation,” DG-ISPR Major General Asif Ghafoor said in a post on social media platform Twitter.
The Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority had said in the NOTAM that the routes would be shut from August 28-31. According to the circular, the country’s civil aviation authority has instructed all international flights to avoid the routes and have also suggested an alternate route.
The development comes a day after the Pakistani media quoted their Railways Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmad claiming that “a full-blown war between Pakistan and India” was likely in the month of October or November”.
Earlier, Pakistan’s Technology Minister Fawad Hussain Choudhry had warned that they were considering a “complete closure of airspace” to India. “Prime Minister is considering a complete closure of air space to India, a complete ban on the use of Pakistan land routes for Indian trade to Afghanistan was also suggested in Cabinet meeting, legal formalities for these decisions are under consideration…!” he said in a tweet.
Pakistan has been on the backfoot, not just in the Indian subcontinent but also in the international forums, due to the continuous episodes of terrorism emanating from its soil. From the Uri and Pathankot attacks over two years ago to the dastardly Pulwama attack in February this year, Pakistan has persisted as a terrorist haven in the region.
In a massive blow to the Islamic nation’s agenda of fueling terrorism in the region, the Indian government on August 9 brought into effect the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Act, 2019, according to which, post-October 31, the state of Jammu and Kashmir would be divided into two Union Territories – Jammu and Kashmir (with a Legislative Assembly), and Ladakh (without a Legislative Assembly).
A week later, Pakistan, with China in confidence, raised the matter with the United Nations Security Council, but faced humiliation in the international community after their appeal was rejected by the UN.