UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — The government of Pakistan refused to use the country’s airspace for the flight to the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, reports Dawn citing the Foreign Minister.
Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said the decision was made “in the light of the situation in occupied Kashmir.” He noted that India had requested permission to use Pakistan’s airspace for Modi’s flight to Germany.
Pakistan previously denied the use of its airspace to Indian President Ram Nath Kovind. The authorities are also considering the complete closure of the Pakistani sky for flights to and from India.
Pakistan reacted sharply when, in early August, New Delhi abolished Jammu and Kashmir as a state and introduced direct federal government in the region. It was reported that the parties began to draw troops to the border. India and Pakistan have already fought three times over Kashmir. Now both countries possess nuclear weapons.
After the Muslim regions of British India formed a separate state of Pakistan, Jammu and Kashmir became the only Indian state where the majority are Muslims. The separatists are active there, of which the Pakistani authorities accuse New Delhi of support. Islamabad rejects these allegations, saying that the residents of Kashmir are independently fighting for their rights.
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