India has formally requested Pakistan to allow the use of its air space for PM Narendra Modi’s flight to New York, United States later this week. PM Modi is all set to depart for New York this weekend to attend the annual session of the United General Assembly (UNGA). As per an ANI report quoting the Pakistani media, “India has made a request to Pakistan to allow use of its air space for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s flight to New York, US. Pakistan to respond after consultations.”
India has formally requested Pakistan to allow use of its air space for Prime Minister Narendra Modi's flight to New York, US. Pakistan to respond after consultations: Pakistan media
— ANI (@ANI) September 18, 2019
The development comes amid heightened tensions between India and Pakistan over Kashmir. Earlier this month, Pakistan refused to allow President Ram Nath Kovind to use its airspace to travel to Europe for a three-nation tour. Rejecting the request, Pakistan’s Federal Aviation Minister Ghulam Sarwar Khan replied, “Enough is enough”. “Pakistan allowed the use of its airspace for PM Modi’s flight to France last month as a goodwill gesture”, Khan added.
Reacting to this, Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said, “We regret the decision of the Pakistan government to deny flight clearance for a VVIP special flight, which is otherwise granted routinely by any normal country. We call on Pakistan to recognize the futility of such unilateral actions.”