This missile test is being considered a face-saving move by Pakistan (Photo Credit: PTI File)
Pakistan is planning a big missile test near Karachi port during the same time when Chinese President Xi Jinping and PM Modi will be meeting in Mamallapuram. A Notices to Airmen (NOTAM) has been issued by the Pakistan civil aviation authorities regarding air routes diversion on October 10 from 9.30 am to 11.30 am and October 11 to 12 between 9.30 am to 12.30 noon. Intel agencies has indicated that Pakistan is planning to conduct this test in Sonmiani test range located 40 km northwest of Karachi.
All international flights from karachi airport has been diverted to different air routes on these particular slots.
NOTAM has clearly mentioned that this is issued because of operational reasons.
Earlier in August this year, Pakistan authorities had issued same kind of NOTAM during which they have test-fired the "Gaznavi Missile" with the range of 290 km.
This missile test is being considered as move to distract Pakistani media and people as India is engaged in informal talks with China- Pakistan's closest ally.