Modi Plane Not To Use Pakistan Airspace For Bishkek Visit
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s aircraft will not fly over the Pakistan airspace to Bishkek for the SCO summit, the foreign ministry has said.
“The government of India had explored two options for the route to be taken by the VVIP aircraft to Bishkek. A decision has now been taken that the VVIP aircraft will fly via Oman, Iran and Central Asian countries on the way to Bishkek,” the official spokesperson said
India requests Pakistan to allow Modi aircraft to fly over its airspace on June 13
India has requested Pakistan to allow an aircraft carrying PM Narendra Modi to fly over Pakistani airspace on June 13.
Officials confirmed that Islamabad received a formal request from New Delhi.
The requisition was dispatched by the Indian High Commission. It outlined that Modi would like to access Pakistan’s airspace while flying to Kyrgyzstan’s capital Bishkek.
Special Permission For Modi Aircraft
Pakistani airspace on its eastern border with India will remain closed until June 14, due to the standoff between the two countries.
Pakistan closed its airspace in February. A suicide attack on Indian troops in Pulwama district in Indian Occupied Kashmir led to aerial bombing missions on each other’s soil and a dogfight over Kashmir.
Foreign carriers using Indian airspace have been forced to take costly detours because they cannot fly over Pakistan. The closure mainly affects flights from Europe to Southeast Asia.
Pakistan lies in the middle of a vital aviation corridor and the airspace restrictions impact hundreds of commercial and cargo flights each day, adding flight time for passengers and fuel costs for airlines.
PM Imran Khan and His Indian Counterpart Will Be Attending A Meeting In Kyrgyzstan
Prime Minister Imran Khan and his Indian counterpart, Modi will be attending a meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) in Kyrgyzstan from June 13 to 14.
The Indian Prime Minister is currently in Sri Lanka on an unscheduled visit to the bombed Colombo church during Easter.
I am confident Sri Lanka will rise again.
Cowardly acts of terror cannot defeat the spirit of Sri Lanka.
India stands in solidarity with the people of Sri Lanka pic.twitter.com/n8PA8pQnoJ
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) June 9, 2019
China’s influence in Sri Lanka makes India anxious because New Delhi considers the Indian Ocean region to be its strategic backyard.