Pakistan on Monday decided to allow Narendra Modi’s flight to fly over its airspace after India requested for it. PM Modi needs to fly over Pakistan airspace to reach Bishkek where he has to attend the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit on June 13-14.
On February 26 Pakistan had closed all its airspace after Indian fighter jets crossed LOC and made a Balakot airstrike post-Pulawama attack in which 40 CRPF jawans were killed.
The Hindu said India requested Pakistan to let Mr. Modi’s aircraft fly over its airspace to Bishkek in Kyrgyzstan for a meeting of the Shanghai club.
A senior official of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Islamabad has confirmed that they had received a formal request from Indian prime minister in this regard and the request was being “processed”. He, however, disclosed that the government had in principle decided to allow Mr. Modi’s aircraft to use Pakistan’s airspace as they had allowed the then Indian external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj to fly over the country when she was traveling to Bishkek to attend the SCO meeting last month.