'Nothing to do with us': World body replies to India's complaint against Pakistan
New Delhi : Aircrafts carrying political leaders does not comply with our jurisdiction, said the International Civil Aviation Organisation or ICAO in a reply to India's complaint against Pakistan over denial of airspace to PM Modi for his Saudi Arabia visit.
"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," the ICAO spokesperson said.
"Flights carrying national leaders are considered state aircraft, and are therefore not subject to ICAO provisions," the spokesperson added.
The ICAO is a specialized agency of the UN that manages administration and governance of the Convention on International Civil Aviation (Chicago Convention).
India had reached out complaining against Pakistan after they refused India's request to allow airspace for PM Narendra Modi's flight to Saudi Arabia.
The sources told news agency Press Trust of India that India regrets Pakistan's decision to yet again deny overflight clearance for the VVIP special flight, granted routinely by any normal country.
Pakistan's Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said in a statement that Pakistan has decided to not allow Prime Minister Modi to use Pakistan's airspace, state-run Radio Pakistan reported.