Kashmir: Pakistan refuses use of airspace to Narendra Modi

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By Muhammad Luqman

Pakistan has denied the permission to allow Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to fly over its airspace on his way to Germany.

In a video message shared by the Pakistan government on Twitter on Wednesday, Pakistani foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, said that India had requested that Modi be allowed to use the Pakistani airspace on his way to Germany on September 20, and then on September 28 on his way back. Keeping in mind the current situation in Kashmir, the permission has been denied, the minister added. This has also been conveyed to the Indian High Commission.

Earlier this month, Pakistan denied India’s President Ram Nath Kovind permission to fly through its airspace – access to which is usually granted – due to New Delhi’s “behaviour”.

“The decision has been taken in view of India’s behaviour,” Qureshi had said in a statement.

“The Indian President had sought permission to use Pakistan’s airspace to travel to Iceland but we decided not to permit him,” Qureshi added without giving further details.

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