Pakistan Air Force closes highway for routine drill amid tension over Uri attack

ISLAMABAD:  On Thursday, The Air Force of Pakistan closed a major highway to let it practice landing jets on the road. The Air force said it was routine training not related to heightened tension with India after the attack in Uri town in Kashmir.

On Thursday, during the two-day air force exercise, traffic on the busy main highway between Islamabad, the capital of Pakistan, and the eastern city of Lahore was diverted to an older mountain road.


Pakistan Air Force spokesman Commodore – Javed Mohammad Ali said that yes, they landed on the road in this. That is something they have been doing for years. He added that the drill was needed in case your runways get damaged or they are not available for you.

He further said that the exercise was not ordered in response to recent tensions with India and the timing was a coincidence.

Describing it as a routine training matter, He said that this exercise, High Mark, is not done overnight just like that.

However, another security official said that Pakistani military was on high alert in case India decided to retaliate for the Uri attack with cross-border military force.

Early on Sunday at 5:30 AM, four militants attack at the Army Headquarters at Uri town in Kashmir. 18 Jawans were killed in this fatal attack. All militants were also gunned down by the Indian army. This is one of the fatal attack on the army camp in Jammu and Kashmir, India.