Pakistan refuses use of airspace to Indian PM Narendra Modi
ISLAMABAD (92 News) – Pakistan denies airspace usage to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi after receiving a formal request from the neighbor on Sunday. 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. On September 18, FM Qureshi has said that Pakistan has refused Narendra Modi to use its airspace. In a video message on Wednesday, he said that Modi had sought permission to use the Pakistani airspace for his visit to Germany. “India had requested Pakistan to allow PM Modi to use its airspace to travel to Germany on September 21 and 28. The Indian high commissioner has been informed about Pakistan’s decision to not allow Modi’s aeroplane to fly over the country.” The minister said that keeping in view the situation in Occupied Kashmir and India’s behaviour, including the violence and aggression and the denial of rights in Kashmir, Pakistan had decided not to give permission to the Indian prime minister.