Flight operations resume at nine airports

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Srinagar

The order to shut down eight airports over the northern states of Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab and Himachal Pradesh has been withdrawn. Flight operations have already resumed from some airports, including Jammu, NDTV reported.

According to a report published by NDTV said that the order for shut down was issued a short while ago amid an escalation of hostilities with Pakistan.

The newspaper quoted sources as having said the entire airspace north of Delhi has to be vacated. The list of airports included Amritsar, Jammu, Srinagar and Leh, Kullu-Manali, Kangra, Shimla and Pathankot.

“The area has been on high alert amid Pakistan’s warnings of retaliation after India’s fighter jets crossed the Line of Control yesterday and destroyed a vast terror camp within Pakistan in a pre-dawn strike,” NDTV reported.

This morning, there were reports of Pakistani fighter jets violating Indian air space in Jammu and Kashmir’s Poonch and Rajouri sectors. Pakistan has also claimed it had shot down two jets of the Indian Air Force. The IAF has denied the claim, saying all pilots are accounted for.

The IAF also said a Pakistani F-16 aircraft had crashed in the Lam Valley area along the Line of Control, reported NDTV.

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