PM Modi will not fly over Pakistan to reach Bishkek for SCO Summit


NEW DELHI:  A day after Pakistan allowed to let Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s VVIP aircraft fly over its airspace to Bishkek in Kyrgyzstan, India on Wednesday decided to fly via Central Asian countries bypassing the Pakistan airspace.

PM Modi’s VVIP aircraft will now fly over Oman, Iran and Central Asian countries to reach Bishkek where he is scheduled to attend the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit on June 13-14.

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India had explored two options for the route to be taken by the VVIP aircraft to Bishkek by the Foreign Ministry Spokesperson. The VVIP Aircraft will fly via Oman, Iran and Central Asian countries on the way to Bishkek.

The decision was taken by Foreign Ministry after Pak authorities had decided to let PM Modi fly over Pakistani airspace despite closing its airspace on February 26 after an Indian Air Force (IAF) strike on a Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terror camp in Balakot.