Prime Minister Narendra Modi is on an official tour outside India. After his first halt at Maldives, PM Modi is now headed for the SCO (Shanghai Cooperation Summit) where he will attend the summit at Bishkek on June 13 to 14. Pakistan had allowed the Prime Minister’s VVIP aircraft to use Pakistan air space to reach Bishkek in Kyrgzstan. A day later, India decided to fly via Central Asian countries to reach Bishkek, by-passing the Pakistan air space.
PM Modi’s VVIP aircraft will now fly over Oman, Iran and Central Asian countries. India had requested Pakistan earlier to use their air space, and Pakistan had ‘in principle’ agreed to do so. Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan is also due to attend the SCO summit at Bishkek.
The MEA (Ministry of External Affairs) said that no official, bilateral meeting has been arranged between India and Pakistan. While Pakistan PM Imran Khan had written a letter to the Indian government stressing on the need for talks to seek a solution to all geopolitical issues including Kashmir between the two neighbors, India maintained that terror and talks cannot go hand -in -hand