1 min read.Updated: 18 Sep 2019, 08:17 PM ISTStaff Writer( with inputs from Reuters )
Modi is scheduled to leave for the US early Saturday
'Keeping in view the situation in occupied Kashmir, we have decided that we will not allow the Indian Prime Minister,' said Pak Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi
Pakistan refused a request from Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to use its airspace on a flight to Germany, Pakistan's foreign minister said on Wednesday, as tensions between the two nations ran high over the disputed region of Kashmir.
"Keeping in view the situation in occupied Kashmir ... we have decided that we will not allow the Indian Prime Minister," Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said in a video released by the foreign ministry.
Modi is scheduled to leave for the US early Saturday.
Indian carriers usually use Pakistani airspace on all their West-bound flights, but this time special permission has been sought since Pakistan closed its air space amid tensions after India revoked Article 370 of its Constitution.
This denial of airspace comes in the back of reports that Pakistan had denied permission for an aircraft with Indian President Ram Nath Kovind on board to use its airspace while on an official visit to Europe last week.
Pakistan had previously closed most of its air space for international flights after Indian Air Force jets bombed a terrorist training camp in Balakot on 26 February.