Pak PM Imran Khan to use Indian air space for travel to Sri Lanka

Written By: Anas Mallick , Sidhant Sibal WION
New Delhi, Delhi, India Published: Feb 23, 2021, 08:30 AM(IST)

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan (file photo). Photograph:( AFP )

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After India removed special status for Jammu and Kashmir, Pakistan had denied permission for overflight for President Kovind's plane one time, and PM Modi's plane twice

Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan will be using the Indian air space to travel to Sri Lanka. He will be on a two-day visit to the country from today — his second visit that comes months after his visit to Afghanistan. 

Pakistan had requested for use of air space, for which India granted permission. As a protocol, whenever heads of state or governments pass through the air space of any other country, the country is alerted and due permission is taken.

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WION has learnt that permission was sent 10 days ago to New Delhi by Islamabad. India gave permission on Monday.

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Important to note, in the aftermath of India removing special status for the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir, Pakistan had denied permission for overflight for President Kovind's plane one time, and PM Modi's plane twice. 

In September 2019, Pakistan denied the use of its airspace for President Kovind's plane during his Europe visit. In the same month, it denied overflight to PM Modi's plane to attend the UNGA session, followed by no permission to Air India one during PM's Saudi Arabia visit in October 2019. India had taken the matter with the International Civil Aviation Organization.

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