PM Modi can fly over us to Bishkek: Islamabad
Lahore: 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 (IAF) strike on a Jaish-e-mohammed (JEM) terror camp in Balakot. Since then, it has only opened two routes, both of them pass through southern Pakistan, of the total 11.
The Pakistani official confirmed 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. He said Khan has recently written to his Modi, stressing the need to resolve bilateral issues.
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.