NEW YORK (Web Desk) – International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) on Tuesday rejected Indian complaint against Pakistan’s refusal to grant Prime Minister Narendra Modi the permission to travel to Saudi Arabia.
The Indian media reported that the ICAO’s spokesperson saying, “The Convention on International Civil Aviation (Chicago Convention), which ICAO helps governments to cooperate under, only applies to the operations of civilian aircraft and not to state or military aircraft.”
He further elucidated that flights carrying state leaders are labeled as state aircraft due to which they do not fall under ICAO provisions.
On Monday, New Delhi had approached the international aviation body following Islamabad’s denial to get its airspace used for Indian premier Narendra Modi.
Pakistan refuses use of airspace to Indian PM Narendra Modi
Earlier, Pakistan denies airspace usage to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Mod
i after receiving a formal request from the neighbor.
Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said that Pakistan has decided not to allow Narendra Modi to use airspace of Pakistan. In a statement, FM Qureshi said the decision has been taken in context of today’s Black Day and in view of the continued gross human rights violations in Indian Occupied Kashmir (IoK).
“India has consistently carried out grave atrocities and inflicted tremendous pain and misery upon innocent Kashmiris who have been landlocked and cut-off from the outside world for more than 80 days since India’s unilateral annexation of a disputed territory,” FM Qureshi said.
He said the Indian high commissioner is being informed of this decision in written form. The Indian prime minister had sought Pakistan’s permission to use the country’s airspace for his travel.