New Delhi, Sept 29: Is a review of the air services arrangement with Pakistan next on the agenda of the Union Government which is going all out to isolate the terrorist nation? Currently there are no Indian aircrafts that fly to Pakistan although the bi-lateral agreement permits 12 flights between the two countries.
The Pakistan International Airlines, however, operates to Mumbai and Delhi. A review of the air services arrangement is being considered by the government. The government is already reviewing the Indus Water Treaty and the Most Favoured Nation status granted to Pakistan.
Although no decision has been taken by the government in this regard, it would be under consideration in the next couple of days. The last time India had banned overflight facilities with Paksitan was in 2001 after the attack on Parliament.
Before taking any decision in this regard, India would take into account all considerations to ensure that the commuters from India are not burdened. If the agreement is reviewed, this would mean that commuters would have to take a longer flight and this would include higher flying costs. Commuters would need to fly to Bangladesh and then to Pakistan if the agreement is revised.
India has decided that it would economically bleed Pakistan as the nation has been relentless when it comes to sponsoring terror against India. The Union Government is reviewing almost every agreement with Pakistan to ensure that the country bleeds economically.