According to the ICAO charter, use of airspace can be denied under special circumstances which includes warlike situation and a country cannot deliberately shutout a particular country.
India urges Pakistan to reflect upon its decision to deviate from the well established international practice of allowing VVIP flights to use airspace, and to also reconsider its old habit of misrepresenting the reasons for taking unilateral action.
Expressing regret over Pakistan’s decision to give permission, In response to a query regarding denial of overflight clearance for a VVIP special flight by Pakistan, the official spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said, “We regret the decision of the Government of Pakistan to deny overflight clearance for the VVIP special flight for a second time in two weeks, which is otherwise granted routinely by any normal country.”
“The request had been sent as per the protocol. And if Pakistan refuses, then India will raise this issue with International Civil Aviation Organization charter (ICAO), which after scrutiny can slap huge fines on Pakistan”, a senior officer had explained the procedure earlier.
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According to the ICAO charter, use of airspace can be denied under special circumstances which includes warlike situation and a country cannot deliberately shutout a particular country. The international aviation body has the right to impose fines on the countries which defy international norms.
The neighbouring country had recently denied permission to President Ram Nath Kovind’s aircraft to use its airspace during an official visit to Iceland. Permissions are often granted for VVIP flights by any normal country. India had expressed its regrets on the unilateral decision taken by that country.
The decision was taken by the Prime Minister Imran Khan to close its airspace for the special flights came in the midst of tensions rising between the two countries over the scrapping of Article 370 and bifurcation of Jammu and Kashmir.
Earlier this year, the neighbouring country which has been promoting terror attacks against India had fully shut down its air space after Indian Air Force had launched a strike on a Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terror camp in Balakot. However, it had opened its airspace for all flights except for New Delhi, Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur late March. In July it had fully opened its airspace for civilian traffic for all flights.