Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s non-stop flight leaving for America will pass through Pakistan’s airspace. PM Modi left for a three-day visit to America on Wednesday. Here he will attend the United Nations General Assembly, the Quad Conference and will also hold bilateral talks with President Joe Biden. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is accompanied by a top delegation including NSA Ajit Doval, Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla and high-ranking officials of the government. It is believed that PM Modi’s plane has been taken from Pakistan to escape from Afghanistan.
According to sources in the government, India had sought Pakistan’s approval to use Pakistani airspace for PM Modi’s plane going to America. Islamabad had agreed to this.
A top source said, “Pakistan has allowed India to use its airspace.” It is to be noted here that Pakistan had earlier refused to use the airspace thrice for the foreign visits of President Ram Nath Kovind and PM Modi. These cases are after the removal of Article 370 from Jammu and Kashmir in the year 2019.
Earlier, Islamabad had not given permission during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to America and Germany, President Kovind’s visit to Iceland. In the year 2019, the Pakistani Foreign Ministry had given a statement that due to India’s behavior and atrocities in Jammu and Kashmir, we had refused Indian PM Modi’s aircraft to use Pakistan’s airspace.
At the same time, during the visit of Pakistani PM Imran Khan to Sri Lanka this year, India had allowed the use of its airspace. Indian Air Force aircraft with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his delegation took off from Delhi.
PM Modi’s plane will reach America in 15 hours without stopping. Since this plane has to be saved from the way to Afghanistan, it will take a little longer to reach the US. The airspace has been closed to commercial aircraft since the Taliban took over Afghanistan. Although VVIP planes are allowed to pass but due to security reasons, PM Modi’s plane has not gone through this route.