Pakistan has accepted the India’s request to let Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s aircraft fly over its airspace to Bishkek in Kyrgyzstan where he has to attend the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit on June 13-14.
Modi’s aircraft will now be able to overfly Pakistan and take a more direct route to Kyrgyzstan’s capital Bishkek. Pakistan had fully closed its airspace on February 26 after an Indian Air Force (IAF) strike in Balakot. Since then, it has only opened two routes, both of them pass through southern Pakistan, of the total 11.
Earlier, 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.
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16 June, 2019