Pakistan Warnings – Sources
FSB Risk Level: Two – Assessed Risk
Couple of issues: War in Northwest Pakistan, and concentration of terrorist group representation in the country. The consensus among foreign authorities is to cross the OPLR/Lahore and OPKR/Karachi FIR’s at higher flight levels. Diversion/Landing in Pakistan is recommended against. Above all avoid Peshawar, Quetta. OPKC/Karachi Airport was attacked in 2014. Recent bombing in Lahore.
Reference: Notam B133/17
Issued: Feb 14th, 2017, valid until: May 14th, 2017
Plain English: Minimum FL260 over the entire country of Pakistan. Consider carefully before landing in Pakistan.
B0133/17 NOTAMR B0073/17 Q) EDXX/QAFXX/I /NBO/E /000/999/5110N01027E999 A) EDWW EDGG EDMM B) 1702141217 C) 1705142359 EST E) SECURITY -- PAKISTAN -- POTENTIALLY HAZARDOUS SITUATION FIR KARACHI (OPKR) AND FIR LAHORE (OPLR): FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY ADVISES GERMAN OPERATORS NOT TO PLAN AND CONDUCT FLIGHTS BELOW FL260 DUE TO HAZARDOUS SITUATION WITHIN FIR KARACHI (OPKR) AND FIR LAHORE (OPLR). POTENTIAL RISK TO AVIATION OVERFLYING THIS AREA BELOW FL260 AND TAKE OFF / LANDING AT ALL AIRPORTS WITHIN FIR KARACHI (OPKR) AND FIR LAHORE (OPLR) FROM DEDICATED ANTI-AVIATION WEAPONRY, ONGOING MILITARY ACTIVITIES AND POSSIBLE ATTACKS ON GROUND. OPERATORS ARE STRONGLY ADVISED TO TAKE POTENTIAL RISK INTO ACCOUNT IN THEIR RISK ASSESSMENTS AND ROUTEING DECISIONS. EMERGENCY SITUATIONS: IN AN EMERGENCY THAT REQUIRES IMMEDIATE DECISION AND ACTION FOR THE SAFETY OF THE FLIGHT, THE PILOT IN COMMAND MAY DEVIATE FROM THIS NOTAM TO THE EXTENT REQUIRED BY THAT EMERGENCY.
Reference: KICZ Notam A0024/16
Issued: Dec 30th, 2016, valid until: Dec 30th, 2017
Plain English: Exercise Caution flying into or over Pakistan due to extremist and militant activities.
A0024/16 NOTAMN Q) KICZ/QRDLD/IV/NBO/AE/000/999/ A) KICZ PART 1 OF 2 B) 1612301330 C) 1712302359 EST E) SECURITY..UNITED STATES OF AMERICA ADVISORY FOR PAKISTAN. THOSE PERSONS DESCRIBED IN PARAGRAPH A BELOW ARE ADVISED TO EXERCISE CAUTION WHEN FLYING INTO, OUT OF, WITHIN, OR OVER THE TERRITORY AND AIRSPACE OF PAKISTAN DUE TO EXTREMIST/MILITANT ACTIVITIES. A. APPLICABILITY: THIS NOTAM APPLIES TO: ALL U.S. AIR CARRIERS AND COMMERCIAL OPERATORS; ALL PERSONS EXERCISING THE PRIVILEGES OF AN AIRMAN CERTIFICATE ISSUED BY THE FAA, EXCEPT SUCH PERSONS OPERATING U.S.-REGISTERED AIRCRAFT FOR A FOREIGN AIR CARRIER; AND ALL OPERATORS OF AIRCRAFT REGISTERED IN THE UNITED STATES, EXCEPT WHERE THE OPERATOR OF SUCH AIRCRAFT IS A FOREIGN AIR CARRIER. B. PLANNING: THOSE PERSONS DESCRIBED IN PARAGRAPH A PLANNING TO FLY INTO, OUT OF, WITHIN, OR OVER THE ABOVE-NAMED AREA MUST REVIEW CURRENT SECURITY/THREAT INFORMATION AND NOTAMS AND COMPLY WITH ALL APPLICABLE FAA REGULATIONS, LETTERS OF AUTHORIZATION, MANAGEMENT SPECIFICATIONS, AND OPERATIONS SPECIFICATIONS, INCLUDING UPDATING B450. C. OPERATIONS: EXERCISE CAUTION DURING FLIGHT OPERATIONS. THERE IS A RISK TO U.S. CIVIL AVIATION OPERATING IN THE TERRITORY AND AIRSPACE END PART 1 OF 2 A0024/16 NOTAMN Q) KICZ/QRDLD/IV/NBO/AE/000/999/ A) KICZ PART 2 OF 2 B) 1612301330 C) 1712302359 EST E) OF PAKISTAN DUE TO EXTREMIST/MILITANT ACTIVITY. THERE CONTINUES TO BE A RISK TO U.S. CIVIL AVIATION FROM ATTACKS AGAINST AIRPORTS AND AIRCRAFT, PARTICULARLY FOR AIRCRAFT ON THE GROUND AND AIRCRAFT OPERATING AT LOW ALTITUDES DURING THE ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE PHASES OF FLIGHT. WHILE THERE HAVE BEEN NO REPORTS OF MAN-PORTABLE AIR DEFENSE SYSTEMS (MANPADS) BEING USED AGAINST CIVIL AVIATION, THERE IS A POTENTIAL RISK FOR TERRORISTS TO TARGET CIVIL AVIATION WITH MANPADS AT LOW ALTITUDES. THOSE PERSONS DESCRIBED IN PARAGRAPH A MUST REPORT SAFETY AND/OR SECURITY INCIDENTS TO THE FAA AT +1-202-267-3333 OR 1-844-412-1794. THE JUSTIFICATION FOR THIS ADVISORY WILL BE RE-EVALUATED BY 30 DEC 2017. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION IS PROVIDED AT: HTTP://WWW.FAA.GOV/AIR_TRAFFIC/PUBLICATIONS/US_RESTRICTIONS/ F) SFC G) UNL END PART 2 OF 2
Reference: AIP ENR 1.1
Issued: Dec 8th, 2016, valid until: Ongoing
Plain English: Risk to aircraft overflying OPKC/Karachi and OPLR/Lahore FIRs at less than 25,000 feet.
Potential risk to aviation overflying Karachi and Lahore FIRs at less than 25,000 ft above ground (agl) level from dedicated anti-aviation weaponry. Operators are advised to take this potential risk into account in their risk assessments and routing decisions.
Reference: AIC 20/16
Issued: Aug 18th, 2016, valid until: Ongoing
Plain English: Maintain FL240 or above in OPLR and OPKR FIRs
From 17/01/2015 and until further notice, French carriers are requested to ensure that their aircraft maintain at all times a flight level equal to or above FL240 in the airspace of Pakistan (OPLR FIR (LAHORE) and OPKR FIR (KARACHI)).