Pakistan allows Indian PM Modi to use its airspace

By: News Desk      Published: 02:40 PM, 30 Oct, 2021
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In an apparent thaw in the rocky relations between the two neighbours, Pakistan has allowed Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to use its airspace while travelling to Italy, reported 24NewsHd TV channel on Saturday.

The Indian prime minister’s plane which took off from New Delhi had entered Pakistani airspace over Bahawalpur on Friday and after flying over Turbat and Panjgur exited the Pakistani airspace en route to Italy.

The Boeing-777 300-ER K-7066 took off from Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport with Narendra Modi onboard the plane.

A spokesman of the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) said that the Authority granted permission to the Indian prime minister’s plane to use Pakistan airspace.

According to the TV channel, Narendra Modi will again use the Pakistani airspace when he will return from Italy on his way to New Delhi.

It may be mentioned here that a day earlier, another Indian plane had used Pakistani airspace during its flight from Srinagar to Sharjah on Thursday.

A plane of an Indian private airline took off from Srinagar in Occupied Kashmir and flew to Sharjah using Pakistani airspace over Lahore Region.

Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) spokesman Saifullah Khan confirmed that Indian private flight G81595 had used Pakistani airspace. However, he said he has no knowledge who was on board that plane.

Earlier on September 22 this year, Pakistan had also allowed the Indian prime minister to use its airspace while he was travelling to the United States.

Reporter Usman Javed