SCO summit: Modi's plane to bypass Pakistan en route to Bishkek despite permission to use airspace

Web Desk 08:38 PM | 12 Jun, 2019
SCO summit: Modi's plane to bypass Pakistan en route to Bishkek despite permission to use airspace
ISLAMABAD/NEW DELHIIndia on Wednesday said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s special plane will bypass Pakistan en route to Bishkek in Kyrgyzstan where he is going to attend the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Summit tomorrow (Thursday), despite the permission granted by Islamabad for doing so.

The Indian premier will now use a circuitous route via Oman and Iran to reach the Kyrgyzstan capital, according to External Affairs Ministry spokesman Raveesh Kumar revealed in a statement. “Government of India had explored two options for the route to be taken by the VVIP aircraft to Bishkek for the SCO Summit. A decision has now been taken that the VVIP Aircraft will fly via Oman, Iran and Central Asian countries on the way to Bishkek,” he said.

The statement comes only hours after Pakistan’s Aviation Minister Ghulam Sarwar Khan said the country’s airspace will be "specially" opened for Modi's overflight to Bishkek as a "goodwill gesture".

In a statement, Sarwar said an application to seek opening of the airspace was received by Aviation Division from Indian High Commission on Monday.

Prime Minister Imran Khan after holding consultation with all stakeholders directed to open the airspace, he added.

The airspace will be opened for a period of 72 hours during which Air India plane B 747-400 will fly to Bishkek from New Delhi tomorrow and will return the next day. With the opening of airspace, the travel time for Indian flight will reduce to one and half hours.

Ghulam Sarwar Khan said it is India that is facing more loss due to closure of airspace.

On the other hand, Pakistan's Foreign Office said that the southern route opted for by the Indian government is, in fact, one of the two that Pakistan had opened for Indian flights.

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Prime Minister Modi's plane will now use the Pakistani airspace from Karachi and Hingol to enter Oman and Iran via Gwadar and then Kyrgyzstan.

Last month, Islamabad had accepted India’s request to let its Minister for Exterior Affairs Sushma Swaraj’s flight go over by way of its airspace to attend the Overseas Ministers’ assembly in Bishkek.

Pakistan had closed its airspace in February after Indian jets tried to bomb locations inside Pakistan.

Foreign carriers using Indian airspace have been forced to take costly detours because they cannot fly over Pakistan. The closure mainly affects flights from Europe to Southeast Asia.

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USD to PKR: Rupee remains under pressure against dollar in interbank

KARACHI – Pakistani rupee continues to face blows against the US dollar in the inter-bank market as the deadlock between Islamabad and IMF continues.

During the intraday trading on Tuesday, the local currency dropped against the US dollar, moving down nearly 0.06 percent. Before noon, PKR was being traded at 286.37, with a decline of Rs0.18.

Earlier this week, the embattled rupee faced a setback and it was closed at 286.19 against the greenback in the inter-bank.

The rupee continues to face back-to-back blows amid deadlock between the Pakistani government and the multilateral lender.

Today's gold rates in Pakistan | gold price in Pakistan – June 6, 2023

Gold Rate In Pakistan Today:

KARACHI – The price of a single tola of 24-karat gold in Pakistan is Rs 228,900 on Tuesday. The price of 10 grams of 24k gold was recorded at Rs197,190.   

Likewise, 10 grams of 22k gold were being traded for Rs180,756 while a single tola of 22-karat gold was being sold at Rs 210,832.

Note: The gold rate in Pakistan is fluctuating according to the international market so the price is never been fixed. The below rates are provided by local gold markets and Sarafa Markets of different cities.

Gold Price in Pakistan: Lahore, Karachi, Islamabad

City Gold Silver
Lahore PKR 228,900 PKR 2125
Karachi PKR 228,900 PKR 2125
Islamabad PKR 228,900 PKR 2125
Peshawar PKR 228,900 PKR 2125
Quetta PKR 228,900 PKR 2125
Sialkot PKR 228,900 PKR 2125
Attock PKR 228,900 PKR 2125
Gujranwala PKR 228,900 PKR 2125
Jehlum PKR 228,900 PKR 2125
Multan PKR 228,900 PKR 2125
Bahawalpur PKR 228,900 PKR 2125
Gujrat PKR 228,900 PKR 2125
Nawabshah PKR 228,900 PKR 2125
Chakwal PKR 228,900 PKR 2125
Hyderabad PKR 228,900 PKR 2125
Nowshehra PKR 228,900 PKR 2125
Sargodha PKR 228,900 PKR 2125
Faisalabad PKR 228,900 PKR 2125
Mirpur PKR 228,900 PKR 2125


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