EU air safety body urges 'extreme caution' in Pakistan airspace over possible terror attacks

An Indian villager looks from hole in the wall of a building allegedly damaged by shelling from the Pakistani side of the disputed Kashmir border, at Arnia village, about 45 KM from Jammu, the winter capital of Kashmir, India, on Jan 30, 2015. -- PHO
An Indian villager looks from hole in the wall of a building allegedly damaged by shelling from the Pakistani side of the disputed Kashmir border, at Arnia village, about 45 KM from Jammu, the winter capital of Kashmir, India, on Jan 30, 2015. -- PHOTO: EPA

BERLIN (AFP) - The European air safety agency has warned airline operators to show "extreme caution" when flying over Pakistan amid fears of possible terror attacks.

The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) "recommends all operators to exercise extreme caution" when flying over the country and not to fly below 24,000 feet (7,300 metres), it said in a bulletin on its website dated January 22.

The appeal by EASA, which does not refer to any specific threat of attack, applies to flights into, out of or within Pakistan airspace, it said.

It said that "national aviation authorities are reporting an increased risk to flight operation safety due to potential terrorist attacks in Pakistan".