Prime Minister Narendra Modi (PTI file)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi (PTI file)

India urges Pakistan to allow use of air space for PM Modi’s US visit

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to leave for the US early Saturday
  • Indian carriers usually use Pakistani air space on all their west bound flights

New Delhi: India has sought permission from Pakistan to use its air space for Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to the US later this week amid tension between the two countries after India revoked a temporary provision in its Constitution giving special status to Jammu and Kashmir.

Modi is scheduled to leave for the US early Saturday.

Indian carriers usually use Pakistani air space 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.

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"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.

This comes on 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. This came after a suicide bomber targeted an Indian security convoy in Kashmir on 14 February killing 40 Indian personnel. It was only in July that Pakistan removed all restrictions and opened its air space for international carriers along all routes.

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