Pakistan denies use of its airspace to PM Modi’s Flight, India lodges complaint To World Body: Sources

New Delhi, Oct 28: After Pakistan has turned down New Delhi’s request for the use of its airspace for PM Modi’s flight to Saudi Arabia’s, India has complained to the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO).

Government Sources said, “We regret the decision of Government of Pakistan to yet again deny the overflight clearance for VVIP special flight, which is otherwise granted routinely by any normal country.

Such overflight clearances for VVIP special flights are granted routinely by “any normal country”, sources said on Sunday, regretting Islamabad’s stand.

“Overflight clearances are sought and granted by other countries as per prescribed by International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) guidelines and India will continue to seek such overflight clearances. We’ve taken up the matter of such denial with the civil aviation body,” government sources said.

“Pakistan should reflect upon its decision to deviate from well-established international practice, as well as reconsider its old habit of misrepresenting the reasons for taking unilateral action.”

Pakistani media had quoted the country’s Foreign Minister as saying that Islamabad had turned down New Delhi’s request for the use of its airspace for PM Modi’s flight to Saudi Arabia.

Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Sunday announced that Islamabad has denied New Delhi’s request for use of airspace for Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.Pakistan closed its airspace in February after Indian Air Force fighters bombed a Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terror camp in Balakot.

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