Few months after Balakot airstrike, the Indian government has requested Pakistan to allow Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s aircraft to fly over Pakistani airspace on June 13. Officials confirmed that Islamabad received a formal request from New Delhi.
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“We have requested Pakistan to let the PM’s plane fly over its airspace through one of the routes that has not been opened as yet. The PM has to attend the SCO meet on June 13 and June 14,” a senior government official said.
Pakistan had fully closed its airspace on February 26 after an Indian Air Force (IAF) strike in Balakot. Since then, it has only opened two routes, both of them pass through southern Pakistan, of the total 11. Earlier, Pakistan had given special permission to India’s then external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj to fly directly through Pakistani airspace to attend the SCO Foreign Ministers’ meet in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, on May 21.