Pakistan has charged India Rs286,000 as route flying costs for an Indian Air Force aircraft that Prime Minister Narendra Modi used during a stopover in Lahore in December 2015, and for using Pakistani airspace during visits to Russia, Afghanistan, Qatar, and Iran. Time of India reported.
Indian Prime Minister Modi had visited Lahore to wish the former Pakistan prime minister Nawaz Sharif on his birthday, before ties between the two countries worsened when an Indian Air Force base in Pathankot was attacked in January 2016.
Former Indian army officer Lokesh Batra filed Right to Information queries and collected the information about navigation costs incurred when PM Modi used Air Force aircraft for overseas visits. Till June 2016, Indian Air Force aircraft were used for the prime minister’s visits to 11 countries – Afghanistan, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Qatar, Australia, Pakistan, Russia, Iran, Fiji, and Singapore.
The Pakistan government charged India Rs149,000 for the Lahore stopover. Pakistan has also billed Rs77,215 as route navigation fee when Modi used an Air Force aircraft to visit Iran between May 22 and 23, 2016, and Rs59,215 when he visited Qatar from June 4 to 6, 2016.