The Indian Prime Minister—Narendra Modi has denied using the Pakistan airspace.
Modi will avoid flying over Pakistan during his official trip to central Asia on Thursday. The Indian PM has denied making use of the Pakistani airspace despite getting the permission.
Pakistan closed its airspace after the relations with India turned sour after the 14th February suicide attack in occupied Kashmir. Later two Indian fighter jets were downed, and one Indian pilot was also captured, later he was released in a gesture of peace.
The commercial and cargo airlines using the Indian airspace have been urged to take expensive and time-taking routes as they were denied the permit to fly over Pakistan.
But Pakistan granted permission to Modi’s flight to Bishkek in Kyrgyzstan for attending the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation summit starting on Thursday.
As per the spokesperson of the Foreign Office—Dr Mohammad Faisal India asked 2 overflight clearances for the Indian PM and EAM. After processing, the permission was given. He further added that it is now up to India that what route it decides to take.
The Indian Foreign Ministry said that the government had considered the routes for Modi’s travel and has decided to go for the longer route to Central Asia instead of taking the direct route.
The decision has been taken in mid of the calls of the local media that the Indian PM should not be getting an exception for himself while thousands of common Indian travellers were using the longer route because of the tension between the two nations.
This move indicates that there is little chance of softening relations of the two countries, even though Pakistan hoped to revive talks after elections ended in India.