New Delhi: The Modi government on Tuesday allowed Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan’s aircraft to use Indian airspace, according to informed sources. Imran Khan will be travelling to Sri Lanka on his maiden visit later on Tuesday.Also Read - Pakistani Channel Heavily Trolled For Presenting Imran Khan's Twitter Poll Victory Over Virat Kohli as Breaking News

Former Indian Ambassador to Kazakhstan, Sweden and Latvia, Ashok Sajjanhar lauded India’s decision saying that tense relations between the two countries should not stand in the way of views, opinions and cooperation. Also Read - No Talks Possible With India Until Restoration of J&K's Autonomous Status: Pak PM Imran Khan

“It is a good and positive decision that India has taken to permit Imran Khan’s aircraft to overfly the airspace of India to visit Sri Lanka on February 23. India is a large country, India is a magnanimous country. It is a normal global international protocol to allow the aircraft of traveling heads of states, heads of governments to overfly this space. So I think it is very appropriate,” the former envoy said. Also Read - Imran Khan Says His Govt Wants To Learn From China's Development Model to Eradicate Poverty

He added that India can oversee all the things, including the fact that in the past, Pakistan had not allowed Indian aircraft carrying VVIPs to use its airspace.
In 2019, Pakistan had denied opening its airspace for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s flights to the US and Saudi Arabia citing alleged human rights violations in Kashmir. India took up the denial of permission to VVIP flight with an International Civil Aviation Organisation.

Under normal circumstances, the VVIP aircraft are granted permission by countries. However, Pakistan’s denial of permission to VVIP aircraft was an aberration.

(With ANI inputs)