Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan refuses to use Indian airspace to visit Malaysia

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Islamabad: Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan will not use Indian airspace for his flight to Malaysia, ARY news reported, citing sources.

Khan, who will make a two-day visit to Malaysia on Monday (February 3), has decided not to use Indian airspace. In a statement, Foreign Office spokesman Aisha Farooqui said Prime Minister Imran Kuala Lumpur is visiting at the invitation of his counterpart from Malaysia, Mahathir Mohamad. According to the website, Khan is said to increase cashmere bad luck when he meets with his Malaysian counterpart.

Sources told ARY News that the Pakistani prime minister had decided not to use Indian airspace given the situation in Kashmir. India and Pakistan have been in dispute over a number of events since last year, including the terrorist attack in Pulwama in Jammu and Kashmir.

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Tensions between the two nations increased after the central government lifted Article 370, which gave Jammu and Kashmir special status and divided the state into two areas of the Union.

Islamabad has repeatedly failed to allow Indian leaders such as President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi to use their airspace while traveling abroad.

In October last year, India took the Pakistani step to deny the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) approval for Modi's special flight to use its airspace.