Shanghai Summit: Pakistan accepts India’s appeal, opens airspace for PM Narendra Modi

Pakistan on Monday decided in principle to allow Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s aircraft fly over its airspace to Bishkek in Kyrgyzstan where he will attend the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation summit on June 13-14, where his Pakistani counterpart Imran Khan would also be present.

Pakistan had closed its airspace on February 26 after the Indian Air Force strike on a Jaish-e-Mohammed terror camp in Balakot.

Since then, it has only opened two of the total 11 routes, both of which pass through southern Pakistan.

India requested Pakistan to let Modi’s aircraft fly over its airspace to Bishkek.

“The Indian government will be conveyed about the decision once the procedural formalities are completed. The civil aviation authority will also be directed to notify the airmen subsequently” a Pakistani official said, adding Pakistan was hopeful that India would respond to its offer for a dialogue.

Prime Minister Khan recently wrote to his Indian counterpart, stressing that Pakistan requires a solution for all geopolitical issues including Kashmir between the two neighbouring States.