Malaysians Advised to Delay Travels to India, Pakistan

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Malaysian are advised to postpone non-essential travel plans to Pakistan and India, amidst rising tensions between the two nations, following the deadly attack on Kashmir on February 14.

  • AirAsia flights to Amritsar and Srinagar may be affected
  • Indian Airlines halted services to Amritsar, Chandigarh, Dehradum, Jammu, Leh and Srinagar
  • Pakistan shut its airspace to all commercial flights

Tensions between India and Pakistan, both having nuclear weapons, snowballed since a suicide car bombing in Pulwama on Feb 14 that killed over 40 Indian paramilitary police and injured dozens more.

According to reports, the Pakistan-based militant group Jaish-e-Mohammed claimed responsibility for the terror attack.

In view of the gravity of the issue, Wisma Putra advised Malaysians to postpone non-essential travel, particularly to the areas directly affected.

Malaysians can contact the Malaysian High Commission in New Delhi or the Malaysian High Commission in Islamabad for enquiries.

Wisma Putra said the high commissions in both countries would continue to monitor the situation and be in close contact with the local authorities for the latest updates.

AirAsia has also sent out travel alerts on its North India destinations.

Reuters

“We are closely monitoring the situation in Northern India and any impact to our Amritsar and Srinagar services. Guests are encouraged to monitor their flight status at http://airasia.com/flightstatus,” it said via its official Twitter handle.

Meanwhile, Indian Airlines reportedly halted services to north Indian cities, namely Amritsar, Chandigarh, Dehradum, Jammu, Leh and Srinagar.

The Associate Press also tweeted that Pakistan’s Civil Aviation has said that it shut its airspace to all commercial flights.

Pakistan had today carried out airstrikes and shot down two Indian jets, a day after Indian warplanes struck inside Pakistan.