Pakistan has rejected a request made by Indian authorities to let President Ram Nath Kovind fly over Pakistani airspace for a visit to Iceland. Prime Minister Imran Khan approved the decision to reject the request, Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said. He added that India's move to revoke Article 370 was responsible for the Pakistani decision.
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", especially in view of terror incidents this year, including the Pulwama attack.
Khan's government was under pressure from the Opposition and some ministers to impose on India to use its airspace after India revoked special status of Kashmir. So far no decision was taken to impose the blanket ban but Pakistan showed its intension by disallowing President Kovind to use its airspace.
Pakistan has already ended trade with India and stopped Bus and Railway services in protest to India's August 5 decision to end Jammu and Kashmir's special status.