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Modi will not overfly Pakistan to attend SCO summit

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will not take the Pakistani air space for flying to the SCO summit in in Kyrgystan later this week and instead will fly by the circuitous route through and

"had explored two options for the route to be taken by the VVIP Aircraft to for the SCO Summit. A decision has now been taken that the VVIP Aircraft will fly via Oman, and Central Asian countries on the way to Bishkek," a statement by the said on Wednesday.

Last week, had requested to let Modi's aircraft fly over its airspace to the capital to attend the (SCO) summit scheduled to be held on June 13-14.

had fully shut its airspace on the eastern border with after an (IAF) carried out aerial airstrikes on a Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terror camp in Balakot on February 26. Since then, it has only opened two of eleven routes; both of them pass through southern

However, Pakistan had taken an in principle decision on India's request to allow Modi's plane to fly over its air space making an exception. Former External Affairs had travelled to SCO ministerial meeting in last month end before election results were announced by over flying the Pakistani air space, for which permission granted by

After reports of India making a request for Modi, there were some experts, including former a former diplomat, who had said the should not take the Pakistani route since it would show the country in a poor light--that it cannot bear the pain of hard decisions it takes.

The MEA had said that will hold bilateral talks with Chinese and Russian but no formal meetings have been schedule with Khan yet.

Earlier, Khan had reportedly written a letter to his Indian counterpart, Modi, saying wants dialogue with to resolve all outstanding issues between the two countries.

Khan had called Prime Minister to congratulate him on his victory and expressed willingness to work together for peace in

Pakistan lies in the middle of a vital aviation corridor whereby the airspace restrictions, which have been continuing since a long time, impacts hundreds of commercial flights each day, extending flight timings for passengers, as well as fuel costs for airlines.

On May 29, Pakistan had extended the ban on India using its airspace for commercial flights till June 14.

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First Published: Wed, June 12 2019. 14:38 IST