Have taken up with Pakistan subject of overflight clearances for Srinagar-Sharjah flights: India

India on Friday mentioned it has taken up with Pakistan the matter of overflight clearances for flights from Srinagar to Sharjah, however has not received a response but.

Earlier this month, authorities officers mentioned Pakistan has denied use of its airspace to Go First’s Srinagar-Sharjah flight. According to officers, until October 31, the flight was going by way of Pakistan airspace.

Asked in regards to the subject at a media briefing, Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson Arindam Bagchi mentioned, “We have taken up the matter with the government of Pakistan for overflight clearances of flights from Srinagar to Sharjah. We have not received a response.”

Asked if India was contemplating reciprocal measures and cease overflight clearances to PIA flights to Kuala Lumpur and Singapore, Bagchi mentioned, “I don’t have any indication of whether we are looking at the kind of steps you had alluded to.”

To a separate query on a cargo ship from Karachi to China detained by Indian authorities and media reviews on the “seizure of possible radioactive material”, he mentioned that there was a seizure of a ship, somewhat of containers, and the Department of Atomic Energy has despatched a workforce to have a look at what precisely the containers comprise.

“Once they have completed that we will be in a position to share what the situation is,” he added.

Asked in regards to the new Covid-19 pressure present in South Africa, Bagchi mentioned, “This is a developing incident. We just saw a briefing by the World Health Organisation. I don’t have any immediate information on the steps that we are taking. This is an issue more for our health authorities and our civil aviation authorities.”