For the second time in two months, Pakistan rejected India's request to allow PM Narendra Modi’s special flight to use its airspace for his visit to Saudi Arabia, citing alleged human rights violations in Jammu and Kashmir.
PM Modi is set to travel to Saudi Arabia on Monday to attend an international business forum and hold talks with Saudi leadership. In a statement, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said Pakistan has decided not to allow Prime Minister Modi to use the country's airspace. He said the decision was taken in the context of the "black day" and in view of the alleged human rights violations in Jammu and Kashmir, it added. Pakistan is observing black day on Sunday in support of Kashmiris. Qureshi said the Indian High Commissioner is being informed of this decision in written form. In September, Pakistan rejected India's request to allow Prime Minister Modi's flight to use its airspace for his visit to the US to attend the UN General Assembly. Pakistan also refused India's request to allow President Ram Nath Kovind to use its airspace for his flight to Iceland in the same month.