Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan will use Indian Air space to travel to Sri Lanka. He will be making a two-day visit to the country starting today, his second visit which comes months after his visit to Afghanistan.
Pakistan had requested the use of airspace, which India had allowed. As a protocol, whenever heads of state or government cross another country’s airspace, the country is alerted and the required clearance is taken. WION learned that the permission was sent to New Delhi 10 days ago by Islamabad. India gave its authorization on Monday.
It is important to note that following India’s removal of the special status of the former state of Jammu and Kashmir, Pakistan refused permission to fly over President Kovind’s plane once. and Prime Minister Modi’s plane on two occasions.
In September 2019, Pakistan denied the use of its airspace for President Kovind’s plane during his visit to Europe. The same month, he refused the overflight of PM Modi’s plane to attend the UNGA session, followed by a lack of clearance to Air India during the PM’s visit to Saudi Arabia in October 2019. India had seized the International Civil Aviation Organization.