Pakistan has turned down Indian request to let PM Modi fly over Pakistan’s airspace. It was requested by Indian authorities to allow Prime Minister Narendra Modi to use Pakistani airspace for his upcoming visit to attend UN General Assembly session on September 27 in Germany .
“India had requested Pakistan to allow Modi to use its airspace to travel to Germany on the 21st and return on 28th,” Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said Wednesday.
“However, considering the situation in occupied Kashmir and India’s behaviour, including the violence and aggression and the denial of rights in Kashmir, we have decided not to give permission to the Indian prime minister.”
“We have conveyed this decision to the Indian High Commissioner.”
FM Qureshi announced this decision via a video statement, he said that the Indian High Commissioner had been informed of Pakistan’s decision to not allow PM Modi’s a VIP jet Air India One to fly over the country.
Previously Indian government requested to let Indian President Ram Nath Kovind’s aeroplane to fly over the Pakistani airspace to his visit to Iceland. The request was also rejected by Pakistan.
Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan had approved the decision to reject the Indian request, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi had said, quoting Indian aggression in occupied Kashmir as the reason behind Pakistan’s refusal to use its airspace.
“A terrible injustice is being carried out in occupied Kashmir and the Indian government has refused to budge from their hard line position on the issue,” the foreign minster said
The last time Modi was allowed to use Pakistan’s airspace was when he had traveled to Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Summit in Kyrgyzstan. Before that, a request by New Delhi to let the late Sushma Swaraj’s plane fly over Pakistan’s airspace which had been approved by Pakistan.