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Highlights

  • PM Modi is set to travel to Saudi Arabia, to meet with Saudi crowned Prince, and attend an International business forum
  • Pakistan rejected the request made by India to use their airspace, during PM Modi’s upcoming travel, or the second time this month
  • They state that they rejected the request in view of the alleged violations of human rights in J&K
  • The first time they rejected the request, was when PM Modi was to travel for the UN General Assembly
  • Further, President Ram Kovind’s flight was also denied the airspace use when he was travelling to Iceland
  • The last time the airspace was opened, was during PM Modi’s flight to the SCO Summit in Bikshek

Pakistan authorities have rejected the use of their airspace for the second time in the month of October, for the upcoming travel to Saudi Arabia. PM Modi is set to travel on Monday, 28th October 2019, to attend an international business forum, and meet with Saudi dignitaries such as the Crowned Prince Mohammad Bin Salman.

In a statement made by Pakistan, they have stated that they decided not to allow PM Modi to use the country’s airspace in view of the alleged human rights violation happening currently in Jammu and Kashmir. They also mentioned that the Indian High Commission will be duly informed in a written form.

The first time they rejected the use of the airspace for perusal by the PM was during his visit to the United National General Assembly in New York, USA. India, in response, expressed their regret and state that they should reconsider their old habits. Subsequently, President Ram Kovind’s flight to Iceland was also denied the use of the airspace.

Before this, on February 26th of this year, Pakistan closed its airspace completely after the Indian Air Force fighter jets struck a Jaish-e-Mohammad terrorist camp. The last time the country agreed to access was during PM’s visit to the SCO Summit in Bikshek.

In his visit to Saudi Arabia, the PM is going to sign an agreement with the country, on establishing the India-Saudi Arabia Strategic Partnership Council. He will also address the audience at Saudi Arabia’s annual Investment forum, the Future Investment Initiative.

Tensions between the two countries have risen ever since the abrogation of Article 370, removing the special status of the Jammu and Kashmir, creating three Union Territories- Jammu, Kashmir, and Ladakh.

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