Request by Modi to fly over Pakistan is denied
Pakistan on Saturday said it denied India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi permission to fly through its airspace because of “ongoing grave human rights violations” in Indian-administered Kashmir. It is the third time in recent weeks that Islamabad has refused to allow Indian leaders to use its airspace. Requests by Indian President Ram Nath Kovind and Mr Modi were turned down last month. Mr Modi “wanted to use our airspace but we denied permission in the perspective of the black day being observed by Kashmiris today to condemn Indian occupation”, foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said. Another Pakistani official said Mr Modi wanted to travel to Saudi Arabia to attend an investment summit.