Pak to let PM Modi's plane fly over its airspace for SCO summit in Kyrgyzstan

Pak to let PM Modi's plane fly over its airspace for SCO summit in Kyrgyzstan

Pak to let PM Modi's plane fly over its airspace for SCO summit in Kyrgyzstan

By / World News / Wednesday, 12 June 2019 06:56

Pakistan has approved "in principle" India's request to allow Prime Minister Narendra Modi's aircraft fly over its airspace to Bishkek to attend the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation summit this week, according to a senior Pakistani official, who hoped that New Delhi would respond to Islamabad's offer for peace dialogue.

India requested Pakistan to let Prime Minister Modi's aircraft fly over its airspace to Bishkek in Kyrgyzstan to attend the SCO summit on June 13-14.Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan is also attending the meeting of the regional grouping.

Pakistan had fully closed its airspace on February 26 after an Indian Air Force strike on a Jaish-e-Mohammed terror camp in Balakot.

The Pakistani official confirmed to PTI on Monday that the Imran Khan government has "approved in principle the Indian government's request to let Prime Minister Modi's aircraft fly over the Pakistani airspace to Bishkek".

"The Indian government will be conveyed about the decision once the procedural formalities are completed. The Civil Aviation Authority will also be directed to notify the airmen subsequently," the official said, adding Pakistan was hopeful that India would respond to its offer for peace dialogue.

Pakistan had given special permission to India's then external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj to fly directly through Pakistani airspace to attend the SCO Foreign Ministers' meet in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, on May 21.Apart from the two routes through southern Pakistan, the neighbouring country's airspace remains closed for commercial airliners.

He said Prime Minister Khan has recently written a letter to his Indian counterpart stressing Pakistan requires a solution for all geopolitical issues including Kashmir between the two neighbouring states.

The official further said Pakistan is still optimistic that India will respond to peace offer despite the fact both premiers were not meeting at the sidelines of the SCO Summit.

External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar in New Delhi said no bilateral meeting has been arranged between Prime Minister Modi and his Pakistani counterpart on the sidelines of the SCO Summit.

The IAF announced on May 31 that all temporary restrictions imposed on Indian airspace post the Balakot airstrike have been removed. However, it is unlikely to benefit any commercial airliners unless Pakistan reciprocates and opens its complete airspace.

Among Indian airlines, the international operations of Air India and IndiGo have been affected by the closure of Pakistani airspace.

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