Published: Sun, March 03, 2019
Worldwide | By Angelina Lucas

Let's sit together and settle this with talks: Imran Khan to India

Let's sit together and settle this with talks: Imran Khan to India

Tensions continue to rise between the two nuclear powers over the disputed region of Kashmir.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on February 27 said he spoke separately with the foreign ministers of both countries and urged them to avoid "further military activity".

Rattled by the air strikes, Pakistan Air Force tried a failed attempt to enter the LoC.

One of the aircraft fell inside Pakistani territory and the other was grounded in Indian-controlled territory, Ghafoor said. India issued a strongly worded demarche to Pakistan seeking immediate safe return of the IAF pilot.

Lt. Col. Devender Anand, an Indian army spokesman, said Pakistani soldiers targeted dozens of Indian military positions across the Line of Control throughout the night. The attack was claimed by the Pakistan-based JeM.

India has alleged that Pakistan refuses to crack down on the militant organization and therefore bears responsibility for the attack.

Senior police officer Munir Ahmed Khan said the chopper crashed close to an airport on Wednesday in Budgam area, in the outskirts of the region's main city of Srinagar.

Indian Air Force violates LoC: DG ISPR
The terror attack had led to nation-wide outrage and Prime Minister Narendra Modi had vowed to punish those behind the attack. The Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM), a terror outfit based in Pakistan, claimed the responsibility for the attack.

The MEA said in a statement it was clearly conveyed to Pakistan that India reserves the right to take firm and decisive action to protect its national security, sovereignty and territorial integrity against any act of aggression or cross-border terrorism.

India confirmed that Pakistan downed one of its fighter jets MiG-21 and the pilot had gone missing, which Pakistan claimed that he was in its custody.

The latest escalation marks a sudden turnaround in relations between the two countries, that both claim Kashmir in full but rule in part. "We are ascertaining the facts", he said.

There are those who might argue that there is no armed conflict at present in the first place, let alone an worldwide armed conflict, since neither side has declared war, and there has been no large-scale confrontation. By summoning Pakistan's acting high commissioner in India, India has explicitly warned Pakistan that in its custody, there should not be any harm to the Indian soldier.

This is the first aerial battle between the two nations since their war of 1971. However, India is rigid with its demand that Pakistan must end the rise of terrorism on its soil.

Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan has called for talks with Indian counterpart Narendra Modi to address the situation.

"I hope there are no questions left about Pakistan's capability and will to defend itself now", he posted on Twitter.

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