Pakistan slammed by India for denying airspace clearance for PM Modi’s flight

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Pakistan was slammed by India on Wednesday after it denied overnight clearance to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s plane for his upcoming visit to the US from September 21-27. Earlier in the day, according to Pakistan media, India had made a formal request to Pakistan to allow the use of its airspace for PM Modi’s flight.

“India has formally requested Pakistan to allow the use of its air space for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s flight to New York, US. Pakistan to respond after consultations: Pakistan media,” news agency ANI reported on Wednesday.

Not long after Pakistan foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi denied India’s formal solicitation, Ministry of External Affairs representative Raveesh Kumar said India laments the choice taken by the Pakistan government.

Bringing into memory Pakistan’s denial of airspace permission to Ram Nath Kovind ‘s aircraft earlier this month, Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson  Raveesh Kumar said, “We regret the decision of the Government of Pakistan to deny overflight clearance for the VVIP special flight for a second time in two weeks, which is otherwise granted routinely by any normal country.”

He added, “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.”

Pakistan had completely shut its airspace in February after an Indian Air Force strike on a Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terrorist training camp in Balakot. And the abrogation of Article 370 , which granted special status to Jammu and Kashmir, escalated the tension between the two countries.

Pakistan has been attempting to internationalize the Article 370 issue but India has attested that the revocation of Article 370 was its “interior issue”. The response from the International committees weren’t pleasing news for Pakistan after European parliamentarians backed India on the Kashmir issue during a special debate of the plenary of the European Parliament as they slammed Pakistan for harbouring terrorists.

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