Pakistan barred Afghanistan India flights over its airspace

Pakistan barred Afghanistan India flights over its airspace

KABUL - Afghan airliner en route to India was barred from crossing Pakistan’s airspace and was forced to return to Kabul, an official from Kabul-based Kam Air said.

Najib Paiman, a spokesman for the airline, said the plane was forced to return due to the tensions between Islamabad and New Delhi.

Afghanistan’s Civil Aviation Authority and the International Civil Aviation Organization are working to find a new route for flights between Afghanistan and India, he said.

Kam Air’s flight was not the only airliner which was prevented from crossing Pakistan’s airspace, he said, adding that other airplanes were also forced to return to Kabul when they were not allowed to enter the neighboring country’s airspace.