Pakistan's conflict with India could spiral into nuclear war, says Imran Khan
- Author: Rogelio Becker Feb 28, 2019,
Feb 28, 2019, 0:20
He did not explain what caused the confusion.
Two pilots and at least one civilian were killed, according to the official. He did not elaborate beyond saying the pilots were being "treated well" and made no mention of them being returned to India.
Pakistani soldiers patrol in the area where Indian planes launched a pre-dawn airstrike on Tuesday inside Pakistan. Earlier, Pakistan had claimed to have entered the Indian airspace and dropped bombs. The attack came one day after Indian fighter jets conducted an airstrike in Pakistan. Both sides again presented battling narratives about what sort of targets were struck, with Pakistan trying to make clear that its response was proportional retaliation for India's strikes. "Yet, I had still feared that India would [ignore the offer and] still take action, and I had therefore warned India against aggression and said we will be compelled to respond because no sovereign country can allow that [violation of its sovereignty]".
"We have an evacuation plan in place and if need arises we will evacuate people to safer areas", he said.
There was no reply from Modi. It stepped up dramatically this week when Indian jets bombed what Delhi said was a terrorist training camp on the Pakistani side.
"In this engagement, we have unfortunately lost one MiG 21".
The incident, in which Pakistan said it had shot down two military jets, has escalated tensions between the two nations, both of whom claim all of Kashmir, but control only parts of it. "We are ascertaining the facts", Raveesh Kumar told reporters.
Despite these menacing moves, there were few significant statements from the worldwide community - except for the UN Security Council, which issued a rather weak condemnation of the violence.
Ghafoor also said it would be "insane to talk about" the possibility of using nuclear weapons. PM Justin Trudeau voices his concern over the rising tensions between India and Pakistan as he heads into the House of Commons for Question Period.
Retired diplomat Lalit Mansingh said on Wednesday that India's policy of strategic restraint "is no longer".
The tit-for-tat aerial strikes and accompanying aerial dogfights marked the first serious military escalation between the two nuclear-armed rivals in two decades. "So it's an extremely unsafe situation".
The US secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, issued a statement largely supportive of India, characterising its incursion five miles into neighbouring territory a "counter terrorism action" and calling on Pakistan to take "meaningful action against terrorist groups operating on its soil".
Earlier, India's Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj said her country wants to avoid any "further escalation of the situation".
He added that the U.S. and Pakistan's longtime ally in the region, China, called on the parties to maintain restraint, but the nation "disregarded that." .
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Bahrain's Gulf Air said it had suspended all fights to and from Pakistan due to closure of airspace while low-priced carrier flydubai said it is reviewing its schedule.
India also strongly objected to Pakistan's vulgar display of an injured personnel of the Indian Air Force in violation of all norms of International Humanitarian Law and the Geneva Convention.
The Press Trust of India news agency says these airports are located at Srinagar, Jammu and Leh.
However, later in the day, an official from India's civil aviation regulator said flights to north Indian airports could immediately resume.
His father is an ex-Indian Air Force officer. Eyewitnesses said soldiers fired in air to keep residents away from the crash site.
Etihad, flydubai, Gulf Air, SriLankan Airlines and Air Canada also suspended services to the country and flight tracking portals showed Singapore Airlines, British Airways and others were forced to reroute flights - leaving travellers in chaos.
"Pakistan's plan was that there should be no casualties or damage, only to show Pakistani capability", said Khan. Pakistan has claimed that he is in their custody. The target was a camp run by Jaish-e-Mohammed, which claimed responsibility for a February 14 suicide auto bombing in Kashmir that killed 40 members of India's security forces.
Pakistan has said it was not involved in the attack and was ready to help New Delhi in the investigations.