PM dares Modi to hold referendum in occupied Kashmir

PM dares Modi to hold referendum in occupied Kashmir

According to Pakistan's Foreign Ministry, the Indian government had requested permission for Modi's aircraft to fly through Pakistan's airspace en route to Riyadh, the Saudi capital.

Pakistan also rejected the Indian president's request to use the Pakistani airspace to travel to Iceland.

"Indian COAS repeatedly provoking war through irresponsible statements endangering regional peace for electioneering of political masters", Ghafoor said, adding that he was hoping to become Indian CDS "at the cost of professional military ethos".

Pakistan marks 27 October as "Black Day" in remembrance of what it calls India's illegal occupation of Kashmir, a charge New Delhi denies.

Modi is to visit Saudi Arabia this week on a two day visit, his second since taking office as prime minister in 2014.

"We regret the decision of Government of Pakistan to yet again deny the overflight clearance for VVIP special flight, which is otherwise granted routinely by any normal country", the official added. "Separately, we have taken up the matter of such denial with the relevant global civil aviation body", sources said.

Earlier, Islamabad turned down PM Modi's request to use the country's airspace to travel to NY to attend the UN General Assembly meeting in September.

"Pakistan should reflect upon its decision to deviate from well established worldwide practice, as well as reconsider its old habit of misrepresenting the reasons for taking unilateral action", they added.

On May 15, Pakistan extended its airspace ban for flights to India till May 30.

Pakistan downgraded diplomatic ties with New Delhi and expelled the Indian High Commissioner from the country after India revoked the special status given to Jammu and Kashmir and bifurcated it into two union territories on 5 August.

It reopened its skies for all civilian traffic in July, ending months of restrictions that had affected major global routes.

While the United States has pushed India on Kashmir, it has also kept in its cross-hairs Pakistan-based terrorist groups that have created violence in the area and have been a "destabilizing" force, as Wells had told lawmakers at the hearing.

India has categorically told the worldwide community that the move was an internal matter and also advised Pakistan to accept the reality.

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