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Pakistan denies permission to President Kovind to enter its airspace

Kovind will embark on a visit to Iceland, Switzerland and Slovenia from Monday during which he is expected to brief the top leadership in those countries on India's "national concerns"

Press Trust of India  |  Islamabad 

Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan
Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan

Pakistan has refused a request by India to allow to use its airspace for his flight to Iceland, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said on Saturday.

Kovind will embark on a visit to Iceland, Switzerland and Slovenia from Monday during which he is expected to brief the top leadership in those countries on India's "concerns", especially in view of terror incidents this year, including the Pulwama attack.

The decision was approved by in view of the tense situation in Kashmir, the minister told state broadcaster PTV.

Pakistan fully closed its airspace on February 26 after the Indian Air Force (IAF) fighter jets struck a Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terrorist training camp in Balakot following the Pulwama terror attack in Kashmir in which 40 CRPF personnel were killed.

However, in March, it partially opened its airspace but kept its ban for the Indian flights.

First Published: Sat, September 07 2019. 15:50 IST
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