India lifts ban on airspace as tension eased with Pakistan

Source: Xinhua| 2019-06-01 18:36:38|Editor: xuxin
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NEW DELHI, June 1 (Xinhua) -- The Indian Air Force (IAF) has removed the temporary restrictions on all routes in its airspace that were imposed after the tension with neighbor country Pakistan in February which saw air strikes from both sides.

The announcement, made on Friday, is seen as a significant move which signals a reduction in tension.

“Temporary restrictions on all air routes in the Indian airspace, imposed by the Indian Air Force on Feb. 27, have been removed,” the Indian Air Force (IAF) tweeted.

On February 26, India launched air strikes on Pakistan in response to the February 14 terror attack in Pulwama district of Indian-controlled Kashmir, in which 40 Indian security personnel lost their lives.

Pakistan-based terrorist outfit Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) had claimed responsibility for the attack, saying a suicide bomber carried out a car bomb blast to target the security forces' convoy.

Pakistan too reacted, and the two countries' air forces were engaged in a fight that lasted for a few hours.