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Pakistan denies airspace to PM Modi’s plane

October 29, 2019

Pakistan has rejected the request made by India to allow the airplane of PM Narendra Modi to fly over its airspace for his visit to Saudi Arabia.

Prime Minister Modi has to travel to Saudi Arabia to attend an international business forum and hold talks with leaders of the country.

This is the second time in two months that Pakistan refused permission to PM Modi's flight claiming violation of human rights in Jammu and Kashmir by the Indian government. In September this year too, Pakistan had denied permission to Prime Minister Modi's plane to use its airspace.

India has raised the issue with to International Civil Aviation Organisation- ICAO and made a formal complaint.

The International Civil Aviation Organisation has however responded that flights of national leaders are considered as "state aircraft" and do not come under its jurisdiction.

Several social media users feel that India should not seek permission from Pakistan anymore.

Joy tweeted, "Why is Narendra Modi begging for permission to fly over Pakistan Airspace regularly and getting humiliated every time with their refusal. Next he will try the Savarkar route."

Umesh Upadhyay tweeted, "India shouldn't have asked to use the #Pakistan Airspace in the first place. The rouge and uncivilised country is out to score browny points on this mundane thing. @MEAIndia should better understand it to avoid such avoidable controversies."

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