Pakistan’s Federal Minister for Aviation Ghulam Sarwar Khan has said that the government has decided that the plane does not allow Indian President to use Pakistan airspace.
The Indian Foreign Ministry had sought permission from Pakistan in connection with the visit of the President of India to which the decision was made on Saturday.
India’s President Ram Nath Kovind is going to Iceland from Delhi on September 8. His plane had to cross the Pakistani airspace for this trip. For this purpose, India requested the Pakistani Foreign Ministry to use air.
Talking to media representatives in Peshawar, Pakistan’s Federal Minister for Aviation said that the President of India would not be able to use Pakistan’s airspace to travel to Iceland nor to return.
Ghulam Sarwar Khan has warned that every flight to India uses Pakistan’s airspace and we can close these flights.
Talking about this, Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said in his statement, “India is blowing its blow. With that in mind, we have made this decision.
“In situations where they are not getting tossed in, (in Kashmir) are not raising curfew, they are not providing basic facilities to the people, we will not allow the Indian president to use his airspace.”
Ghulam Sarwar Khan also said that we are considering closing Pakistani airspace for Indian Airlines.
A federal government official, who is aware of these matters, told the BBC on condition of anonymity that the government wants to give the diplomatic strategy a chance, but in the event of failure, it is possible Pakistani airspace to be closed for Indian Airlines.
It should be remembered that before the recent tension in India-administered Kashmir, the Indian Prime Minister had exclusively opened his airspace for 72 hours to use the air, but Prime Minister Narendra Modi did not accept this offer. Did not use Pakistan’s airspace for travel.
However, at a press briefing on August 12, a spokesman for Pakistan’s Foreign Office said that no decision had been made regarding the closure of Pakistan’s airspace for Indian Airlines.
Foreign Office spokesman Dr. Mohammad Faisal said that the highest level of consideration has been given in this regard and is ‘one of several options under consideration.’
Pakistan opened its airspace for all commercial flights in July after a four-and-a-half-month closure. During these months, Pakistan’s airspace was closed entirely but was later partially opened.