Terror Alert: USA UU. Ask your airlines to exercise caution in Pakistan's airspace

NEW DELHI: The United States warned its airlines to exercise caution due to extremist/militant activity. the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration UU. (FAA) has issued a notice to the aviators (NOTAM) in this regard for its airlines, commercial operators and aircraft registered there that fly to; outside; inside; or about Pakistan until January 1, 2021, and will be reevaluated at that time.

Use caution during flight operations. There is a risk of operating in Pakistan's territory and airspace due to extremist/militant activity. There is still a risk for the USA. UU. Of attacks against airports and airplanes, particularly for ground planes and airplanes operating at low altitudes, even during the arrival and departure phases of the flight, says the NOTAM.

The continued presence of extremist/militant elements operating in Pakistan poses a continuing risk to US civil aviation from small arms fire, complex attacks against airports, indirect fire of weapons and anti-aircraft fire, any of which could occur with little or nothing. While, to date, there have been no reports of portable anti-aircraft defense systems (manpads) used against civil aviation in Pakistan, it is suspected that some extremist/militant groups operating in Pakistan have access to the manpads. There is a potential risk for extremists/militants to target civil aviation in Pakistan with manpads, he adds.

The FAA says that some manpads are capable of reaching a maximum altitude of 25,000 feet above ground level.

The rationale for this notice will be reevaluated by January 1, 2021.

The FAA's background information on U.S. civil aviation. UU. In Pakistan's territory and airspace it says: Between 2014 and 2019, extremist/militant groups operating in Pakistan have demonstrated their constant ability and intention to attack civil aviation through multiple attacks on aviation infrastructure, including airports In August 2019, two people were arrested for firing small arms aimed at a commercial aircraft approaching Islamabad International Airport (OPIS) ... In 2015, extremists/militants attacked two remote airfields in Balochistan Province and a Base Pakistan Air Force in Peshawar, which resulted in a series of deaths and injuries. In an August 2015 attack on Jiwani International Airport (OPJI), extremists/militants destroyed an air traffic control radar facility ...

In addition to the extremist/militant threat to U.S. civil aviation operations. UU. In Pakistan's territory and airspace, there may be flight interruptions and airspace closures implemented due to clashes in the Kashmir region with little or no warning ... India and Pakistan employ a variety of advanced air combat aircraft -air and ground-to-air missile systems capable of targeting aircraft to and beyond the flyover altitudes typically used by civil aircraft. Although India and Pakistan do not intend to target civil aviation, if military operations were to resume, such operations could present an inadvertent risk to United States civil aviation. Historically, Pakistan and neighboring air navigation service providers have properly managed their airspace to distrust and protect civil aviation overflight operations in response to clashes in the Kashmir region, the background information says published in The FAA website on December 30, 2019, he says.