Pakistan denies use of its air space for PM Modi’s flight to United States

Pakistan denied access of its airspace for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s flight to the United States. Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said on Wednesday.

“We have conveyed to the Indian High Commission that we will not allow use of our air space for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s flight,” Qureshi was quoted.

India had formally requested Pakistan authorities to allow Modi’s flight to access its airspace. Modi would have flown over Pakistan on his way to the United States for a week-long visit from September 21-27.

Earlier this month, Pakistan had refused a request by India to allow President Ram Nath Kovind to use its airspace for his flight to Iceland. Prime Minister Imran Khan himself reviewed and declined access.

Pakistan had fully closed its airspace in February after an Indian Air Force strike on a Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terror camp in Balakot. The country opened its airspace for all flights except for New Delhi, Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur on March 27.

On May 15, Pakistan extended its airspace ban for flights to India till May 30. It fully opened its airspace for all civilian traffic on July 16.

Pakistan has also suspended its trade, stopped bus and train services in protest to India’s August 5 decision to end Jammu and Kashmir’s special status.

Tensions between the two nations escalated recently after the ndia abrogated provisions of Article 370 of the Constitution to withdraw Jammu and Kashmir’s special status and bifurcated it into two Union Territories.

Source : Various