Pakistan Denies Airspace Use For PM Modi's Flight, India Goes To World Body
After Pakistan's move to deny Prime Minister Narendra Modi's special flight the use of its airspace, India has complained to the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), sources in the government have said. Such overflight clearances for VVIP special flights are granted routinely by "any normal country", sources said on Sunday, regretting Islamabad's stand.
"Overflight clearances are sought, and granted by other countries as per prescribed ICAO guidelines and India will continue to seek such overflight clearances. Separately, we have taken up the matter of such denial with the relevant international civil aviation body," the sources said.
"Pakistan should reflect upon its decision to deviate from well-established international practice, as well as reconsider its old habit of misrepresenting the reasons for taking unilateral action."