PM not to use Pakistan airspace to fly to Bishkek

PM not to use Pakistan airspace to fly to Bishkek

Agency News

New Delhi, June 12: In what is seen as government of India's deliberate and determined move to be seen not taking any 'favour' from its western neighbour, it has been decided that Prime Minister Narendra Modi will not fly over Pakistan on way to Bishkek for the SCO Summit.

"A decision has been taken that the VVIP aircraft (of Modi) will fly via Oman, Iran and Central Asian countries on the way to Bishkek," MEA spokesman Raveesh Kumar said here in reply to a question on Wednesday.

Kumar said the Government of India had 'explored' two options for the route to be taken by the VVIP aircraft to Bishkek and hence a decision has been taken.

The Prime Minister will on Thursday leave for the two-day Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Summit to be held on June 13 and 14 in Kyrgyzstan capital Bishkek.

Earlier reports suggested Pakistan has approved "in principle" to allow Prime Minister's aircraft fly over its airspace to Bishkek to attend the Summit. (UNI)