Pakistan gave its approval to use its airspace as Prime Minister Narendra Modi flew to Washington to address the UN General Assembly and attend the Quad Summit, a top government source told news agency ANI. This is in contrast to the previous three times Pakistan denied President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi permission following India’s abrogation of Article 370 in 2019.
According to government sources published by ANI, India had requested permission from Pakistan to use Pakistani airspace for Prime Minister Modi’s trip to the United States, and Islamabad had agreed. This comes after India allowed Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan to fly across Indian airspace on his way to Sri Lanka. Pakistan refused to authorise PM Modi’s flight in 2019 “in light of the situation in (Jammu and) Kashmir and India’s attitude, oppression and barbarity…and the violation of rights in the region,” according to a statement. “We have decided not to grant permission to the Indian Prime Minister and have informed the Indian High Commission of our decision,” Pakistan’s foreign ministry announced in a statement in 2019. Following that, India lodged a protest with the International Civil Aviation Organization over Pakistan’s denial. PM Modi’s plane also steered clear of Afghan airspace, which had been restricted to all commercial flights.
Modi stated in a statement issued just before leaving for the United States that he will end his trip with a speech to the United Nations General Assembly on important global issues such as the Covid-19 pandemic, the need to battle terrorism, climate change, and other crucial topics.