India suffered a massive blow in the world aviation body after she complained against Pakistan for its refusal to let the Prime Minister’s plane go through its airspace to Saudi Arabia.
The International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) said that flights carrying national leaders are considered as “state aircraft” and are not subject to its provisions.
“The Convention on International Civil Aviation (Chicago Convention), which ICAO helps governments to cooperate under, only applies to the operations of civilian aircraft and not to state or military aircraft ..Flights carrying national leaders are considered state aircraft, and are therefore not subject to ICAO provisions,” ICAO spokesperson said.
The ICAO is a specialised UN agency and its main job is to manage the administration and governance of the Convention on International Civil Aviation.
India sought over flight clearance from Pakistan for the Prime Minister’s aircraft – Air India One – to go to Saudi Arabia on Monday, but Islamabad denied the request. That was when India approached the world body.
Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said in a statement that Pakistan has decided to not allow Prime Minister Modi to use Pakistan’s airspace due to the human rights violations in Jammu and Kashmir.
Pakistan had earlier denied airspace permission to PM Modi’s flight to the US for the UN General Assembly session on September 20. President Ram Nath Kovind had also been denied permission to use Pakistan’s airspace for his official trip to Europe.
It all started when the Indian Air Force fighters bombed a Pakistan terror outfit, the Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terror camps in Balakot days after 40 Indian soldiers were killed in Pulwama. Since then the country has restricted it’s airspace.