Aviation body rejects India’s complaint


Observer Report


The International Civil Aviation Organisation has rejected India’s complaint against Pakistan’s refusal to allow Prime Minister Narendra Modi to use its airspace, First Post reported on Tuesday. According to the media outlet, the ICAO said flights carrying national leaders are considered “state aircraft” and are not subject to the body’s provisions. Indian government had sought Pakistan’s permission to use the country’s airspace on October 28 for the Indian premier, who is visiting Saudi Arabia to participate in an international business conference. Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Sunday announced that Islamabad had denied New Delhi’s request. Qureshi, in a statement, had said that the decision was taken in context of Black Day.