Global aviation body refuses to act on India’s complaint against Pakistan for denying airspace to PM Modi

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The world aviation body has told India that it was unable to act against Pakistan for denying Prime Minister Narendra Modi to use its airspace. This was after India approached the International Civil Aviation Organisation or ICAO against Pakistan for its refusal to let the Prime Minister’s plane go through its airspace to Saudi Arabia earlier this week.

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The ICAO said that 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.’ “Flights carrying national leaders are considered state aircraft, and are therefore not subject to ICAO provisions,” news agency PTI quoted an ICAO spokesperson as saying.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who flew to Saudi Arabia for a two-day visit earlier this week was denied to use the Pakistani airspace second time in as many months. In September too, Pakistan had turned down India’s request seeking clearance for the prime minister’s flight for his trip to the US.

According to the ICAO website, the organisation is a UN specialised agency, established by States in 1944 to manage the administration and governance of the Convention on International Civil Aviation (Chicago Convention).
It says, “ICAO works with the Convention’s 193 Member States and industry groups to reach consensus on international civil aviation Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPs) and policies in support of a safe, efficient, secure, economically sustainable and environmentally responsible civil aviation sector. These SARPs and policies are used by ICAO Member States to ensure that their local civil aviation operations and regulations conform to global norms, which in turn permits more than 100,000 daily flights in aviation’s global network to operate safely and reliably in every region of the world.”
Pakistan had banned its airspace for the Indian flights after India carried out airstrikes in Balakot on 26 February this year.

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