Pakistan on Saturday afternoon rejected a request made by Indian authorities to let the airplane of Indian President Ram Nath Kovind fly over Pakistani airspace for a visit to Iceland.
Pakistan rejected the request based on the alarming human rights situation in Indian-occupied Kashmir (IoK), said Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi. Prime Minister Imran Khan had approved of the decision to reject the request, Qureshi added. The foreign minister further said that Indian aggression in IoK was responsible for the Pakistani decision.
Highlighting the situation in occupied Kashmir, Qureshi said that the Indian government had deprived the people in Kashmir from basic necessities for 34 days now. “A terrible injustic is being carried out in occupied Kashmir and the Indian government has refused to budge from their hard line position on the issue,” the foreign minster remarked.
Tensions between Pakistan and India are running high since August 5, when Narendra Modi led BJP Government revokes article 370 of Indian constitution which granted the special status to Kashmir.
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