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PM not to fly over Pakistan while travelling to Bishkek for SCO meet

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will not fly over Pakistan on his way to Bishkek on Thursday to attend a summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation, the External Affairs Ministry said. It said Modi s aircraft will fly over Oman, Iran and several Central Asian countries to reach the Kyrgyz capital. The government of India had explored two options for the route to be taken by the VVIP aircraft to Bishkek. A decision has now been taken that the VVIP aircraft will fly via Oman, Iran and Central Asian countries on the way to Bishkek, MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said on Wednesday. He was responding to media queries regarding the route to be taken by the prime minister while travelling to Bishkek. On Monday, a Pakistani official told PTI that Islamabad has accorded an in principle approval to India s request. India s decision on the prime minister s travel route to Bishkek appears surprising as it had only requested Pakistan to let Modi s aircraft fly over its airspace when he ...

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