Irked India gives a frustrating response over Pakistan refusal to Indian PM Modi

Irked India gives a frustrating response over Pakistan refusal to Indian PM Modi
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NEW DELHI - Irked India gives a frustrating response over Pakistan refusal to Indian PM Narendra Modi flight to over fly Pakistani airspace amid deteriorating situation between the two nuclear armed rivals.

India has expressed its regret on the decision of Pakistan to decline New Delhi's request to allow the plane of PM Narendra Modi to use Pakistani airspace for the upcoming US visit. New Delhi had formally requested Islamabad last week to give permission for PM Modi's plane to use Pakistani airspace.

Strongly reacting to Islamabad's decision, Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) Spokesperson, Raveesh Kumar, said that Pakistan should reflect upon its decision to deviate from well established international practice and reconsider its old habit of misrepresenting the reasons for taking unilateral action.

The MEA highlighted that it is for the second time in two weeks Islamabad has said no to overflight for an Indian VVIP. Earlier in September, India had requested Islamabad to allow President Ram Nath Kovind's plane to use the Pakistani airspace during his Europe visit which was declined.

All VVIP visits require, as part of the protocol, to inform foreign countries of the use of airspace.

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