Modi Says Those Seeking Proof For Balakot Air Strike ‘Appeasing’ Pakistan

"If Khan does not take these steps, I'm afraid Pakistan will continue to slide into global isolation, which will only serve to increase economic hardship on the Pakistani people", the Indian-American Congressman said.

"The Indian Air Force is in a high state of preparedness, to pro-actively engage any perceived threat in the present security scenario", the IAF said in a statement. Pakistan hit back with its air force the next day. He lauded Pakistan's peace gesture of releasing the captured Indian pilot.

For instance, "there was the odd phenomenon yesterday of the Pakistan ambassador to the U.S., while talking at the Institute for Peace, claiming that there is no organized terror group in Pakistan". It noted that Islamabad and New Delhi were "long among the world's most antagonistic neighbours" and that it was fortunate they found "the good sense to de-escalate". They stuck to the Pakistani government's position that no damage was caused to any buildings and there was no loss of life. "The resolutions that were passed with reference to Indian terrorism in Kashmir were sponsored by Pakistan".

Going a step ahead, the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) warned that India and Pakistan were "flirting with nuclear disaster". Some groups have also enjoyed support from the military and intelligence services.

Only one aircraft was lost by India during Pakistan's unsuccessful attempt at targeting Indian military installations, he said.

"Adding to the volatility, India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi is waging a tough re-election campaign in which he has used anti-Pakistan talk to fuel Hindu nationalism", it said.

On the Kartarpur corridor, Faisal said it was a project initiated by Prime Minister Imran Khan and Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa, for which a Pakistani delegation will be visiting India on March 14.

The Pakistan-based terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed claimed responsibility of the strike in which 40 CRPF personnel were killed.

Without worldwide pressure, a long-term solution is unlikely, and the threat of nuclear war remains.

Pakistan said on Tuesday that it stopped an Indian submarine from entering its waters.

"I also call on China to play a constructive role in India and Pakistan relations. The proposed neutral venue could be in any Arab country", said one official.

  • Rogelio Becker