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ICAO Rejects India’s Complaint Regarding Pakistan’s Denial of Air Space To PM Modi’s Plane

Headquarters of ICAO in Montreal, Canada. (Image Credit: aviationtoday.com)

The ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organization) on Monday, October 28, 2019, rejected India’s complaint about Pakistan’s refusal to provide its air space to the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s plane. In its response, while rejecting the complaint, the ICAO said that flights carrying national leaders are considered “state aircraft” and thus, are not subject to its provisions.

A spokesperson from the international organization said in a statement:

The Convention on International Civil Aviation (Chicago Convention), which ICAO helps governments to cooperate under, only applies to the operations of civilian aircraft and not to state or military aircraft.

Recently, a few days back, Pakistan had refused to provide its air space to PM Modi’s plane, ahead of his bilateral visit to Saudi Arabia. Following this, India took the matter about the same to the International Civil Aviation Organization, which is a specialized agency of the United Nations and its main and important function is to manage the administration and governance of the Convention on International Civil Aviation (Chicago Convention).

Pakistan had denied to provide its air space to the Indian PM by giving the reason of alleged human rights violation in Jammu and Kashmir post abrogation of Article 370, almost three months ago.
Previously, too, in September, Pakistan had refused to provide overflight clearances to PM Modi’s plane during his visit to the United States.
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