Pak PM Imran Khan to use Indian Airspace, permission granted by Indian authorities

India has allowed Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan's aircraft to use Indian Air Space for traveling to Sri Lanka on his maiden visit on February 23. Imran Khan was also denied permission by Sri Lankan authorities to speak in Sri Lankan Parliament.

By Harkirpal Singh, Updated : Feb 23, 2021 10:53 IST
Pak PM Imran Khan to use Indian Airspace, permission granted by Indian authorities
PM Imran Khan

According to sources, the Indian Government has allowed Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan's aircraft to use Indian Air Space, according to informed sources. Imran Khan will be traveling to Sri Lanka on his maiden visit on February 23.

In 2019, Pakistan had denied opening its airspace for Prime Minister Narendra Modi's flights to the US and Saudi Arabia citing alleged human rights violations in Kashmir.

India raised the issue of denial of permission to VVIP flight with an International Civil Aviation Organisation. Under normal circumstances, the VVIP aircraft are granted permission by countries. However, Pakistan's denial of permission to VVIP aircraft was an aberration. 

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According to sources, Imran Khan was planning to address the Sri Lankan parliament over the Kashmir issue, however, he was later denied permission by Sri Lankan authorities.   

According to a report published in Colombo Gazette, the Sri Lankan government cannot risk its relations with India when it is getting stuck in the Chinese debt-trap and India being the savior for the world for distributing COVID-19 vaccines. 

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