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    Govt. says no to opening airspace for India!

    Nice to know that Indians are feeling the pain.
    http://www.brecorder.com/story.php?c...516399&m=0&s=0

    RAWALPINDI (June 21 2002) : Pakistan has no programme of reciprocating India to use Pakistani airspace and stated that the real path to de-escalation is only to resume dialogues for the permanent settlement of Jammu and Kashmir issue, a major irritant between the two countries.

    "We don't see that the minor cosmetic measures can help in reducing tension in the wake of stand-off at the common borders with India. We strongly believe that the dialogue is the only rational way toward de-escalation," Major General Rashid Qureshi, Presidential spokesman and Director General Inter Services Public Relations, told a group of reporters on Thursday.

    "We don't care even if India chose to keep its forces for five years at the international borders, Line of Control, Working Boundary or the Line of Contact. As our armed forces are fully capable to thwart any eventuality or aggression while defending every inch of the motherland," he said.

    Qureshi, while referring to Indian announcements, allowing Pakistan to use its airspace as well as about the withdrawal of some of its naval assets from the high sea, said, "these measures are being announced due to heavy losses being faced by the Indian airlines as they have diverted their 213 flights after the closure of Pakistani airspace in retaliation to the New Delhi's decision."

    Pakistan has only diverted its 11 to 12 flights after closure of Indian airspace. "This is Indian leadership who had closed air, rail and road links between the two countries and again it is the Indian business community suffering from tremendous economic losses and the losses of Pak business community are quite minor," General Qureshi said.

    He said, "whatever Indians have done so far are totally cosmetic and to ease their own problems and we don't want to respond such measures. What we are looking for the initiation of talks to resolve all the disputes, especially the issue of Jammu and Kashmir. Once and for all the Kashmir issue should be settled amicably. Once we sit to talk on the core issue, the de-escalation automatically will be there."

    Talking about the Indian announcement about the lifting of ban on Pakistani flights from using its airspace, Rashid Qureshi said, "this is India who had announced of banning the use of its territory for Pakistani aircraft of using its airspace. The major loss is being suffered by the Indian airlines that had diverted their 113 flights. Pakistan has only diverted its 12 flights." He was of the view that Indian authorities' announcement only meant a reciprocal gesture from Pakistan to curtail the losses of its airlines.

    Commenting on the announcement made by Indian authorities of withdrawing its naval vessels from the high sea, Qureshi said, "there was no Indian presence close to Pakistani waters. The Indian ships on a day-long sailing distance gone only for refuelling."

    He was of the view that the posting of the Indian ships was no threat to Pakistani waters. Pakistan Navy vessels, General Qureshi said, have gone out as a defensive measures to protect Pakistani waters and are fully capable of defending Pakistani territory.

    "The Indians know very well about the abilities of Pakistan Navy, that is why they did not venture anywhere close to Pakistani waters. Since the Indian naval vessels did not affect Pakistan, their withdrawal did not matter to us," he said.

    He also mentioned about the losses, Indian armed forces suffered, saying, "India suffered heavy life losses when its own troops were blown to their own planted mines at the international borders. Moreover, these are the Indian armed forces who are protesting against excessive extensive deployment."

    He referred to the reports suggesting that over 100 Indian troops were dead due to heat stroke and snakebites. "These are Indians who are complaining about hot weather and not Pakistanis. We did not suffer any loss of as our troops mostly belong to the local units. Contrary to this, the Indian troops belong to various commands including Easter Command, North Eastern Command and so on," Qureshi said.-NNI

    Copyright 2002 NNI (Published under arrangement with News Network International)

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    Screw India

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      Pakistan has no programme of reciprocating India to use Pakistani airspace and stated that the real path to de-escalation is only to resume dialogues for the permanent settlement of Jammu and Kashmir issue, a major irritant between the two countries.
      TAKE YOUR BEST SHOT AT ME

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        #4
        Well, one bad move from India... India was expecting Pakistan to comply with their move as their air traffic was heavier and causing much more loss due to the alternative route...

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          #5
          Slap on the face of bindia

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