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    Pakistan Rejects Indian Request to Allow Modi's Flight to Cross its Airspace

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    Earlier in the month, Islamabad rejected a request by India to allow its President Ram Nath Kovind to use Pakistani airspace during his flight to Iceland "in view of India’s behaviour".

    Pakistan has rejected an official request from India to allow Prime Minister Modi’s flight to cross its airspace.

    "Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi had put across a request to use Pakistani airspace for travelling to the US for UN General Assembly session on 20 September and also for a return flight on 28 September. Considering the situation in Kashmir and the kind of barbarism and atrocities carried out by India in Kashmir, Pakistan has rejected the request. The decision by the Pakistan government has been conveyed to the Indian High Commission today itself", Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Pakistan's foreign minister, said.

    India now can turn to the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICOA), as the body's charter prohibits its signatories from denying the use of airspace unless the countries are in a state war.

    The move comes amid high tensions between India and Pakistan over the disputed region of Jammu and Kashmir.

    On 5 August, the Indian government announced that it was revoking the special status of the region as determined by Article 370 of the constitution.

    Under the law, the state had an autonomous constitution and could make its own decisions, except on defence, foreign affairs, and communications. Pakistan criticised the move as "illegal" and promised to use all possible options to counter India's decision.  

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