New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: India has decided to take the matter of Pakistan’s move to deny permission to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s special flight to use its airspace to the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), news agency ANI quoted a source as saying.

According to the source, overflight clearances are sought and granted by other countries as prescribed by the ICAO guidelines.

“Overflight clearances are sought and granted by other countries as per the prescribed guidelines of the ICAO. India will continue to seek such overflight clearances. We have taken up the matter of such denial with the civil aviation body,” ANI quoted the source as saying.

“Pakistan should reflect upon its decision to deviate from well established international practice, as well as reconsider its old habit of misrepresenting the reasons for taking unilateral action,” the source added.

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The source further said that the government regret Pakistan’s decision to deny the overflight clearance for VVIP special flight which is granted routinely by any normal country.

According to media reports, Pakistan has turned down New Delhi’s request for the use of its airspace for PM Modi’s visit to Saudi Arabia.

In a statement, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said Pakistan has decided not to allow Prime Minister Modi to use the country's airspace, reported the Dawn.

“Islamabad has denied New Delhi’s request for use of airspace for Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi,” the Dawn quoted Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi as saying.

The decision was taken in context of the "black day" and in view of the alleged human rights violations in Jammu and Kashmir, the statement further read.

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This is not the first time when Pakistan denied an India VVIP permission to use its airspace. Earlier in September, Pakistan had denied India permission to use its airspace for PM Modi's visit to the US to attend the UN General Assembly. It also refused New Delhi's request to allow President Ram Nath Kovind to use its airspace for his flight to Iceland the same month.

Pakistan had fully closed its airspace in February after India destroyed the terror camp in Balakot. The airspace was fully opened for all civilian traffic on July 16.

Tensions between India and Pakistan have increased in the recent time, specially after New Delhi revoked Article 370 from Jammu and Kashmir, ending its special status. Pakistan has continuously tried to to internationalise the matter but has failed so far.

(With ANI and PTI inputs)

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma