New Delhi: Amid the prevailing tension along the Line of Control (LoC) following the surgical strikes conducted by Indian Army, Pakistan government is closing the airspace over Lahore and Karachi for two weeks beginning from October 8.

According to reports, the closure will take place in three phases — from October 8 to 13, from October 15 to 20 and the last phase will take place on October 22.

As per a notice issued by Pakistan, airspace over both Lahore and Karachi will remain shut for 18 hours every day during the closure.

Military experts in India claimed that the Pakistan government’s decision to shut down the airspace may be a plan to carry out air exercises.

On September 21, Pakistan imposed airspace restrictions and cancelled all flights to northern areas, including parts of Kashmir under its control. Reports suggested that their warplanes may have been engaged in a takeoff and landing rehearsal at Chitral amid “threats from India”.