Pakistan refuses to allow President Kovind entry into its airspace

President Ram Nath Kovind, Pakistan foreign minister, Pakistan airspace, Kashmir, Cross border terrorism
Pakistan refuses to allow President Kovind entry into its airspace

With escalation of tension after revocation of the special status granted to Jammu and Kashmir, Pakistan has refused to allow President Ram Nath Kovind entry into its airspace to fly to Iceland. Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi confirmed the details and said the move was prompted by India’s “recent behaviour” on bilateral issues. “The Indian President had sought permission to use Pakistan’s airspace to travel to Iceland but we decided not to permit him,” Qureshi said, adding that the decision had been backed by Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan. The minister also voiced his intention to raise the Kashmir issue with the United Nations Human Rights Council.

Ironically, the President is scheduled to leave for a visit to Iceland, Switzerland and Slovenia from Monday to brief senior leaders in these countries about cross-border terrorism. He is also expected to raise India’s concerns in the wake of an increase in terror attacks.

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Pakistan closed its airspace to traffic after the Indian Air Force struck a Jaish-e-Mohammed training camp at Balakot in Pakistan after the Pulwama terrorist attack. The airspace was partially opened in March but Indian flights are still banned. The country has already suspended trade ties and stopped train and bus service to India.

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