PM not to fly over Pak while travelling to Bishkek

PM not to fly over Pak while travelling to Bishkek

New Delhi, Jun 12: A day after Pakistan allowed to let Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s VVIP aircraft fly over its airspace to Bishkek in Kyrgyzstan, India on Wednesday decided to fly via Central Asian countries bypassing the Pakistan airspace.
PM Modi’s VVIP aircraft will now fly over Oman, Iran and Central Asian countries to reach Bishkek where he is scheduled to attend the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit on June 13-14.
India had requested Pakistan to let Modi’s aircraft fly over its airspace when he travels to Bishkek. Pakistan accorded an “in principle” approval to India’s request.
“The government of India had explored two options for the route to be taken by the VVIP aircraft to Bishkek. A decision has now been taken that the VVIP aircraft will fly via Oman, Iran and Central Asian countries on the way to Bishkek,” MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said.
He was responding to media queries regarding the route to be taken by prime minister’s aircraft while travelling to Bishkek.
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan is also attending the meeting of the regional grouping.
Modi leaves for Bishkek on Wednesday on a two-day visit.
The MEA had already said that no bilateral meeting has been arranged between Prime Minister Modi and his Pakistani counterpart Imran Khan on the sidelines of the SCO summit.
Prime Minister Imran Khan has recently written a letter to his Indian counterpart stressing Pakistan requires a solution for all geopolitical issues including Kashmir between the two neighbouring states.
India maintains that terror and talks cannot go together.