The government of Pakistan refused to let Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi use the country's airspace while flying to Germany, Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said on WednesdayMOSCOW (Pakistan Point News / Sputnik - 18th September, 2019) The government of Pakistan refused to let Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi use the country's airspace while flying to Germany, Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said on Wednesday.
"Keeping in view the situation in occupied Kashmir and India's attitude witnessed in the tyranny and oppression and the violations of rights in the region, we have decided not to grant this request," Qureshi said, as quoted by the Dawn newspaper.
"We regret the decision of the Government of Pakistan to deny overflight clearance for the VVIP special flight for a second time in two weeks, which is otherwise granted routinely by any normal country. 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," the ministry's spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said in a statement.
India and Pakistan have contended for the Kashmir region the southern part of which lies in India's Jammu and Kashmir state since the end of British rule in 1947. Despite a ceasefire reached in 2003 after several armed conflicts, instability in the region continued, leading to the emergence of various extremist groups.
Tensions increased earlier in August when Kovind signed a decree revoking Article 370 of the Indian constitution, which used to ensure the special status of the Jammu and Kashmir state. Under the government's new initiative, Jammu and Kashmir will be divided into two union territories that will be under New Delhi's control.
Pakistan reacted angrily to India downgrading the Muslim-majority region to a territory and promised to protect Kashmiris. It expelled the Indian ambassador, halted bilateral trade and promised to raise the issue with the International Court of Justice.