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India snubs Pakistan: PM's plane to bypass its airspace

IANS  |  New Delhi 

In a clear snub to Islamabad, on Wednesday said that special plane will bypass pakistan's airspace en route to in where he is going on Thursday to attend the (SCO) Summit.

said the VVIP aircraft will fly via Oman, and the Central Asian countries on way to

"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," he said.

The decision is a clear snub to Pakistan, which on Monday had reportedly said that it had decided "in principle" to allow the Indian Prime Minister's plane to fly over its airspace for the flight to Bishkek.

After carried out air strike at (JeM) terror camp in Balakot on February 26, had completely shut down its airspace but lately it has opened two routes which pass through southern parts of the country.

The air strike was conducted in retaliation to the ghastly attack carried out by the JeM on a CRPF convoy in Kashmir's Pulwama, in which 40 personnel were killed.

Ever since, the relations between and have witnessed a new low and saw even heightened military tensions in between.

The is travelling to Bishkek on Thursday morning to attend the annual SCO Summit and flying via would have provided a shorter route.

Pakistan will also attend the Summit but according to Raveesh Kumar, no bilateral meeting between them has been arranged.

Modi will have bilateral talks with other leaders of the eight-nation SCO grouping, including Russian and Chinese

At the Summit, Modi is expected to highlight the dangers posed to the world by state-sponsored terrorism, a clear reference to Pakistan.



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First Published: Wed, June 12 2019. 17:04 IST