The Indian Prime Minister—Narendra Modi’s administration has denied the Malaysian Prime Minister—Mahathir Mohamad the right to fly over India during his latest visit to Pakistan for discussing the options of enhanced bilateral ties and for attending the Pakistan Day Parade on the 23rd of March.
As per sources, the permission was taken away at the last minute, thus forcing the Malaysia PM to take a much longer route over the Arabian Sea as far as Oman before he landed in Islamabad.
The Analysts of international relations rate this incident as rare and say that India and Malaysia have enjoyed friendly relations for years. Both the nations have a bilateral agreement of more than $10billion and were planning to take it to $25billion by the year 2020.
One possible reason for taking this end moment decision could be that the Malaysian PM gave preference to Pakistan over India.
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An Indian journalist—Elizabeth Roche wrote during the third visit of the Malaysian PM—Najib Razak in 2017 who was the predecessor of Mahathir Mohamad that Indian government and the strategic community agrees that the ties with Malaysia under the rule of Mahathir Mohamad were far from satisfactory owing to the supposed tilt towards Pakistan who is India’s rival.
The relations between Indian and Malaysia swelled during the Najib Razak’s government. Deals worth $36billion were signed between the two nations in areas like infrastructure, building of smart cities, food and security.
A senior retired diplomat of Pakistan regarding India’s undiplomatic gesture said that such decisions are rare between nations that were not that hostile against each other. However, it could happen during times as having been seen between Pakistan and India presently which also indicates the meanness of the Modi administration.
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