ISLAMABAD,, Sept 7 - Pakistan has refused a request by India to allow President Ram Nath Kovind to use its airspace for his flight to Iceland, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said on Saturday.
Kovind will embark on a visit to Iceland, Switzerland and Slovenia from Monday during which he is expected to brief the top leadership in those countries on India�s �national concerns�, especially in view of terror incidents this year.
The decision was approved by Prime Minister Imran Khan in view of the tense situation in Kashmir, the minister told state broadcaster PTV. Qureshi said New Delhi�s tough stance on Kashmir was a serious issue which he would take up with the United Nations Human Rights Council.
Khan�s government was under pressure from the Opposition and some ministers to impose on India to use its airspace after India revoked special status of Kashmir. Though, so far no decision was taken to impose the blanket ban, Pakistan showed its intension by disallowing President Kovind to use its airspace. � PTI