New Delhi: In a significant development, Pakistan Foreign Ministry on Wednesday said the country will not allow its airspace to be used for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s flight to the US. Also Read - India Formally Asks Pakistan to Allow PM Modi’s Plane to Fly Over Its Airspace
“We have conveyed to the Indian High Commission that we will not allow our air space for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s flight,” Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said. Also Read - Amid Heightened Tensions Over Kashmir, Pak PM Imran Khan Considering Complete Closure of Air Space to India
The statement from the Pakistan Foreign Ministry comes hours after India made a formal request to the neighbouring country to allow its air space to be used for PM Modi’s flight to the US later this month. PM Modi is scheduled to fly to the US to attend the annual session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on September 27.
In another incident, Pakistan had on September 7 rejected a request of the Indian government to allow President Ram Nath Kovind to use its airspace for his flight to Iceland.
Post the Balakot airstrike on February 27, Pakistan has closed its air space for India. However, Prime Minister Modi was last month allowed to use Pakistani airspace while travelling to France to attend a bilateral meet.
The relationship between the two neighbouring countries has severely been strained after the abrogation of Article 370 that gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir.
Though reports suggest that Pakistan is planning to close its air space for India permanently, no official notification in this regard has been made yet from the neighbouring country. But Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan said recently that Khan said that he would raise the Kashmir issue during the UN General Assembly on September 27 and meet world leaders in New York.