The Hush Post/ 04:45 pm/ 1-min-read
The Pakistan government has denied permission to the Indian government to allow President Ram Nath Kovind to use its airspace for his flight to Iceland, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said on Saturday.
Kovind is to begin his visit from Monday to Iceland, Switzerland and Slovenia.
The decision was approved by Prime Minister Imran Khan in view of the tense situation in Kashmir, the minister told PTV channel.
Pakistan fully closed its airspace on February 26 this year. The step was in retaliation to the Indian Air Force (IAF) fighter jets striking a Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terrorist training camp in Balakot in Pakistan.
India had undertaken the Balakot strikes following the Pulwama terror attack in Kashmir in which 40 CRPF personnel were killed.
Pakistan had partially opened its airspace in March but maintained its ban for Indian flights.
President Kovind is expected to brief the top leadership of the other countries on India’s “national concerns”, especially in view of terror incidents this year, including the Pulwama attack.