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Pakistan Denies Indian President’s Request to Use Airspace

Pakistan says it has refused a request by India’s President Ram Nath Kovind to fly through its airspace due to New Delhi’s recent “behaviour”.

“The Indian president had sought permission to use Pakistan’s airspace to travel to Iceland but we decided not to permit him,” Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said in a statement

he added New Delhi’s “barbarism” in Kashmir was a serious issue which he would take up with the United Nations Human Rights Council.

Such permissions are usually granted. There was no immediate comment by  India.

Pakistan closed its airspace to Indian traffic after aerial dogfights in February raised tensions between Islamabad and New Delhi.

The decision comes at a time of high tension between Pakistan and India following the Indian government’s decision to unilaterally revoke Article 370 of its constitution, which granted special autonomy to occupied Kashmir.

34 days have elapsed since  crippling curfew in occupied Kashmir, communications blackout and heavy restrictions on movement imposed by the Indian authorities.

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