PM Modi can fly over us to Bishkek: Is­lam­abad

DNA (Daily News & Analysis) Mumbai Edition - - FRONT PAGE - A Pak­istani of­fi­cial —PTI

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.

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