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Thursday, 19 September 2019 4.22 AM IST

Pakistan denies President Kovind’s request to use its airspace; India calls it meaningless

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NEW DELHI: Pakistan had refused a request by India to allow President Ram Nath Kovind to use its airspace for his flight to Iceland, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said on Saturday. The decision was approved by Prime Minister Imran Khan in view of the tense situation in Kashmir, the Minister told state broadcaster PTV.

Pakistan fully closed its airspace on February 26 after the Indian Air Force fighter jets struck a Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terrorist training camp in Balakot following the Pulwama terror attack in Kashmir in which 40 CRPF personnel were killed. However, in March, it partially opened its airspace but kept its ban on Indian flights.

Meanwhile, India has responded that Pakistan action is meaningless. According to Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Raveesh Kumar, overflight clearance for VVIP special flights are routinely granted. He also said that the Pakistan government must recognize the futility of such arbitrary actions.

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