Pakistan allows Modi to use airspace

Islamabad: Pakistan on Monday decided to allow Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to use its airspace to fly to Kyrgyzstan.

India had requested Pakistan to allow the Indian Premier’s aircraft to pass through Pakistan airspace on June 13-14 to reach Bishkek in Kyrgyzstan where the Shanghai Cooperation Summit (SCS) is to be held. Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan is also expected to attend the Summit.

Pakistan had fully closed its airspace since February 26 after Indian jets violated the airspace after the Pulwama attack.

Since then, only two southern routes of the total 11 have been opened.

On May 21, Pakistan allowed Indian Foreign minister Sushma Swaraj's plane to fly through Pakistan airspace to reach Bishkek to attend the Foreign Ministers moot of the SCO.

So far, no bilateral meetings between the Pakistani and Indian Prime Ministers have been scheduled on the sidelines of the summit.