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PM Modi to Not Fly Over Pak Airspace for SCO Summit in Bishkek

PM Modi will instead fly via Oman, Iran and Central Asian countries, said MEA.

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The Ministry of External Affairs on Wednesday, 12 June, said Prime Minister Narendra Modi will not be flying over Pakistan while going to Bishkek to attend the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Summit, which will be held on 13 and 14 June in Kyrgyzstan.

"PM Modi to fly via Oman, Iran and Central Asian countries on way to Bishkek," the MEA said.

Pakistan had fully closed its airspace on 26 February after an Indian Air Force (IAF) strike on a Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terror camp in Balakot. Since then, it has only opened two routes, both of them pass through southern Pakistan, of the total 11.

India requested Pakistan to let Prime Minister Modi's aircraft fly over its airspace to Bishkek in Kyrgyzstan.

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On Monday, 10 June, Pakistan decided in principle to let Prime Minister Narendra Modi's aircraft fly over its airspace to Bishkek, reported PTI.

"The Indian government will be conveyed about the decision once the procedural formalities are completed. The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) will also be directed to notify the airmen subsequently," the official said, adding Pakistan was hopeful that India would respond to its offer for peace dialogue.

He had said Prime Minister Khan has recently written a letter to his Indian counterpart stressing Pakistan requires a solution for all geopolitical issues including Kashmir between the two neighbouring states.

(With inputs from PTI)

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