Pakistan must recognize the futility of such unilateral actions: India on Islamabad’s decision to deny permission to President Ramnath Kovind’s plane to enter its airspace: India on Saturday denounced the decision of Pakistan government to deny New Delhi’s request to allow President Ramnath Kovind to use its airspace during his visit to Iceland. While addressing the media, the Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Raveesh Kumar condemned the Pakistan government for denying overflight clearance for the VVIP special flight, a request granted routinely by any normal country. India has told Pakistan that it must recognize the futility of its unilateral decisions. 

Earlier in the day, Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi noted that Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan passed the orders to not open the airspace over Centre’s decision to scrap Article 370 of the Constitution. he told a Pak news channel that Pakistan took the decision following the oppression of Kashmiris in the Valley by the Indian government. 

A cold war is currently prevailing between India and Pakistan over several issues including India’s decision to abrogate Article 370, cross-border terrorism and India’s decision to challenge Pakistan death sentence orders to Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav in International Court of Justice. 

It is not the first time that Pakistan closed its airspace for India. Islamabad has also closed its airspace for India during Balakot airstrikes. During the airstrikes, IAF pilot Abhinandan Varthaman had knocked down Pakistan F-16 jet with his MIG-21 aircraft. Balakot airstrikes were carried out by India after over 40 CRPF jawans lost their lives in Pulwama terror attack. Soon after the attack, the Jaish-e-Mohammed claimed the responsibilty of the attack. The restrictions were soon raised by Pakistan in July. 

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