Pakistan denies airspace to Indian PM amid Kashmir buildup

Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi is seen exiting his plane, Air India One, at Charles de Gaulle Airport, Paris, France, on August 22, 2019. (Courtesy Indian PM office)
Updated 18 September 2019

Pakistan denies airspace to Indian PM amid Kashmir buildup

  • Indian President was also denied Pakistani airspace earlier this month
  • Tensions heightened between India and Pakistan after New Delhi revoked Kashmir's special status on August, 5

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan government announced on Wednesday that it had denied a request for use of its airspace for Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, to fly over Pakistani skies for a flight to Germany.
The request had been submitted by the Indian government last week, following six weeks of heightened tensions between Pakistan and India, following New Delhi’s move on Aug. 5 to abrogate the partial autonomy of Kashmir, a region both countries own in part but claim in full.
In a video message, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said the decision had been made “keeping in view the situation in occupied Kashmir,” and called it a “violation of rights in the region.”
Earlier this month, Pakistan denied the use of its airspace to Indian President Ram Nath Kovind for his flight to Iceland, citing similar reasons.
Keeping in line with international law, such requests are usually granted.
In February this year, Pakistan closed its airspace to Indian traffic following a dogfight in the skies over Kashmir that brought the two nuclear-armed South Asian countries to the brink of war. It reopened its skies for all civilian traffic in July, ending months of restrictions that had affected major international routes and thousands of travelers. 


PML-N’s Maryam Sharif admitted to Services Hospital

Updated 23 October 2019

PML-N’s Maryam Sharif admitted to Services Hospital

  • Maryam went to the medical facility to see her father whose platelet count dropped to a drastically low level
  • The party’s information secretary in Punjab claims Maryam undergoing medical checkup herself

LAHORE: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader, Maryam Sharif, was admitted to the Services Hospital after she met her ailing father at the same medical facility on Wednesday, confirmed Uzma Bokhari, PML-N’s information secretary in Punjab, while talking to Arab News.
“Maryam Nawaz Sharif’s condition is not well and she is undergoing a medical checkup,” Bokhari said. “She will stay at the hospital tonight.”
Maryam had gone to the medical facility to see her father who was shifted there on Monday on the request of his physician, Dr. Adnan Khan, after his platelet count dropped to an alarmingly low level.
Soon after he was shifted to the medical facility, Nawaz Sharif’s blood test was done to see if he was suffering from dengue, but the report was clear.
While his condition was said to have improved after transfusion of platelets, doctors could not diagnose the reason behind the problem.
His daughter, Maryam, was allowed to see her father at the hospital on Wednesday after her party sought special permission for that purpose from the Punjab Home Department.
While the local media initially claimed she was allowed to stay with Sharif for an hour, there was much speculation about the health of the country’s former prime minister after it turned out that she was going to stay at the medical facility for the night.
Reports also indicate that the hospital authorities have summoned specialists from Karachi and Islamabad to examine Nawaz Sharif and diagnose his medical condition.