Pakistan to allow overflights: Musharraf

Islamabad: On the eve of the second round of talks between India and Pakistan scheduled in New Delhi on the resumption of overflight facilities and airlinks, the Pakistani President, Pervez Musharraf, announced here today that as a "gesture of goodwill" Pakistan would agree to resume overflights with India.

The declaration by Gen. Musharraf ends the 17-month row between Islamabad and New Delhi. India suspended overflight facilities and airlinks with Pakistan from January 1, 2002 in the wake of the December 13, 2001 Parliament attack.

The revival of airlinks was one of the two proposals first mooted by the Prime Minister, Atal Bihari Vajpayee, in his statement to Parliament days after his Srinagar peace initiative on April 17/18. But Pakistan remained unmoved at the first round of talks held in the last week of August in Rawalpindi.