Highlights:

  • Imran Khan’s aircraft has been permitted to use Indian airspace for traveling to Sri Lanka.
  • Imran Khan is expected in Sri Lanka for two days state-visit.
  • Contradiction to India’s approval, Imran Khan in 2019 denied airspace approval to Modi’s aircraft for traveling to the US and Saudi Arabia.
  • Imran Khan’s speech at Sri Lankan Parliament is reported to be a request from the Pakistani Government.

Imran Khan is expected in Sri Lanka for a two-day state visit. To reach Sri Lanka, Imran Khan needs to use India air space for reaching Sri Lanka. Indian Government approved Imran Khan’s aircraft to use its airspace and reach Sri Lanka.

The approval was given in contradiction to Pakistan’s statement in 2018 when it denied airspace approval to Prime Minister Narendra Modi`s aircraft which needed to travel to the United States in September and Saudi Arabia in October. Noting the incident, the Ministry of External Affairs criticized the whole scenario and stated that Pakistan is hindering international peace.

Imran Khan becomes the first PM to visit any other country post-Covid-19 pandemic. Reportedly his speech in Sri Lankan Parliament is requested by the Pakistani Government. Imran Khan will have scheduled talks with President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, and Foreign Minister Dinesh Gunawardena

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