Re­quest by Modi to fly over Pak­istan is de­nied

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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.

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