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Pakistan, India reopen their airspace after five months of crisis

Christian Fernsby |
Pakistan and India have reopened this Tuesday airspace to civil aviation after the closure five months ago by a new crisis earlier this year between the two countries in the disputed Kashmir region.

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Pakistan's Civil Aviation Authority broke the ice by issuing a statement to sailors (Notam) to announce the news.

'With immediate effect, Pakistan's airspace is open for all types of civil traffic on the ATS (Air Traffic Service) routes,' the statement states.

Shortly after, its Indian counterpart adopted a similar measure through a Notam, an official source told the ANI news agency.

The government of Pakistan closed its airspace on February 27, hours after an Indian aviation bombardment of an alleged terrorist camp on its territory.

In justifying its decision, New Delhi claimed that the facility was controlled by the radical group Jaish-e-Mohammed (Muhammad's Army), which 12 days earlier killed more than 40 Indian soldiers in an attack in the state of Jammu and Kashmir.

Since the independence of both countries in 1947, the two nuclear powers claim the entire divided region of Kashmir, the cause of three wars and endless minor conflicts.

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