Pakistan allows India’s request to open its airspace for PM Modi

Pakistan allows India’s request to open its airspace for PM Modi

PM Modi on US visit: Pakistan on Wednesday allowed Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s nonstop flight to fly over its airspace, a deviation from his position two years ago when he had repeatedly denied permission.

India had requested permission from Pakistan regarding the use of Pakistani airspace for Prime Minister Modi’s flight to the United States, so Islamabad gave a go-ahead, the ANI news agency reported on Wednesday.

“Pakistan has allowed India to use its airspace,” an official was quoted as saying by the news agency.

Prime Minister Modi today embarked on a three-day visit to the US, where he will address the UN General Assembly and participate in the first quadruple summit in person. He will also meet with US President Joe Biden at the White House.

In 2019, following the repeal of Article 370, Pakistan had denied permission to Indian leaders at least three times, including Prime Minister Modi and President Ram Nath Kovind.

In September 2019, Pakistan rejected India’s request to allow Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s VVIP flight to use its airspace for its visit to the United States via Germany.

“India had requested Pakistan to allow Modi to use its airspace to travel to Germany on 21 (September) and return on 28 (September),” Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said at the time.

In a video message, Qureshi said that the Indian High Commissioner in Islamabad had been informed of Pakistan’s decision not to allow Prime Minister Modi’s Air India One special plane to fly over the country.

In October of that year, Pakistan had denied India’s request to allow Prime Minister Modi’s VVIP flight to use its airspace for his visit to Saudi Arabia. In a statement, Mahmood Qureshi said that the decision was made in the context of the “black day” and in view of the alleged human rights violations in Jammu and Kashmir.

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