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    Conflict Between India, Pakistan Escalates Over Exchange of Airstrikes in Kashmir (106)
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    DUBAI (Sputnik) - The UAE General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) on Friday partially resumed flights of national airlines to Pakistan, lifting the suspension on flights to Karachi, Islamabad and Peshawar, as the Pakistani airspace calmed down following an aerial incident over the disputed Kashmir region.

    "In view of the recent developments and return to calm in the Pakistani airspace, the GCAA decided to cancel suspension of flights and allow aircraft registered in the UAE to resume flights to Karachi, Islamabad and Peshawar", the organization wrote on Twitter.

    The GCAA also noted that the situation in other airports would be assessed later. The ban on flights from the UAE to Pakistan was introduced on Wednesday "to ensure safety of passengers and national airlines".

    READ MORE: India Ships Fuel to Kashmir Airfields as Tensions With Pakistan Spike — Reports

    This week, tensions between India and Pakistan flared up as the two countries engaged in an air battle and lost jets in it. It followed a strike by the Indian Air Force against what it said was a camp of Jaish-e-Mohammad, considered a terrorist group by India, located on the Pakistani soil across the so-called Line of Control (LoC) separating the Indian-and Pakistani-controlled parts of the Kashmir region.

    The group, which used to perpetrate attacks in the Jammu and Kashmir state, is reportedly affiliated with Taliban movement and al-Qaeda terrorists and aims to separate Kashmir from India and to merge it into neighboring Pakistan.

    READ MORE: Indian Air Force Chopper Crashes in Kashmir — Reports

    Jammu and Kashmir is a region that has been disputed by India and Pakistan since 1947 when both countries gained independence from the British Empire. The two countries have gone through three wars over the region, but the conflict has not been resolved. The unstable situation in the region has reportedly led to the emergence of extremist groups.

    *Taliban, al-Qaeda are a terrorist organisations banned in Russia and many other countries.

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