New Delhi, February 23: In a major development, the Indian government has allowed Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan’s aircraft to use its airspace for his upcoming travel to Sri Lanka. He will be on a two-day visit to the country from today. He will be accompanied by Cabinet colleagues, including Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi and a high-level business delegation. This will be his second visit that comes months after his visit to Afghanistan.
Pakistan had requested for use of air space, which India granted permission. As a protocol, whenever heads of state or governments pass through the air space of any other country, the country is alerted and due permission taken.
Shri Lanka recently canceled Khan’s scheduled speech in its Parliament reportedly to avoid confrontation with India. According to a report published in Colombo Gazette, the Sri Lankan government cannot risk its relations with India when it is getting stuck in the Chinese debt-trap and India being the savior for the world for distributing COVID-19 vaccines.
It should be noted, Pakistan had not allowed Prime Minister Narendra Modi's flights to use airspace for his visit to the US and Saudi Arabia citing alleged human rights violations in Kashmir.