Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said on Saturday that Pakistan had refused a request by India to allow its President Ram Nath Kovind to use its airspace for his flight to Iceland.
President Ram Nath Kovind will embark on a visit to Iceland, Switzerland and Slovenia from Monday. Prime Minister Imran Khan also supported the denial in view of the tense situation in Kashmir, the Minister told state broadcaster PTV.
Pakistan fully had closed its airspace on February 26 after the Indian Air Force fighter jets struck a Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terrorist training camp in Balakot following the Pulwama terror attack in Kashmir in which 40 CRPF personnel were killed.
However, in March, it partially opened its airspace but kept its ban on Indian flights.