Islamabad: Authorities in Pakistan have denied Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi permission to fly through Pakistani airspace owing to the “ongoing grave human rights violations” in Indian occupied Kashmir (IoK) on Sunday.
Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi
Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said that “Indian Prime Minister wanted to use our airspace but we denied permission in the perspective of the black day being observed by Kashmiris today to condemn Indian occupation and ongoing grave human rights violations in Indian-occupied Kashmir.”
On the other hand, the Indian authorities have taken the matter to the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).
Sources were quoted as saying, “Over flight clearances are sought and granted by other countries as per the prescribed guidelines of the ICAO. India will continue to seek such over flight clearances. We have taken up the matter of such denial with the civil aviation body,” sources in the Indian administration were quoted as saying.
“We regret the decision of the Government of Pakistan to yet again deny the over flight clearance for VVIP special flight, which is otherwise granted routinely by any normal country,” the sources further revealed.