US, UK urge India, Pakistan to avoid escalation
WASHINGTON/LONDON (92 News) – US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has urged India and Pakistan to exercise restraint and avoid escalation at any cost.
According to a statement released by the US State Department, the US Secretary of State contacted Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi and Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, encouraging them to prioritize direct communication and avoid further military activity.
In a statement issued by the PM Office, United Kingdom Prime Minister Theresa May urged both Pakistan and India to de-escalate tension through dialogue and diplomatic solution.
The UK PM urged both the countries to “exercise restraint” and voiced her concern over the rising tensions between the two nuclear armed neighbours.
Prime Minister May said that London is deeply concerned by the recent military escalation over the last two days. “We are in regular contact with both countries [Pakistan and India], urging dialogue and diplomatic solutions to ensure regional stability,” the statement reads.
The UK PM said that the UK is working closely with international partners through the UN Security Council to de-escalate tensions.
A US-based Sikh advocacy group, Sikhs For Justice, has denounced Indian violations of Pakistani airspace.
In a letter to Prime Minister Imran Khan, the group said the overseas Sikhs will stand by Pakistan in thwarting the Indian aggression. The group said that at this critical juncture, Sikhs from North America, Europe, Australia and elsewhere stand in solidarity with Pakistan.
They said Sikhs have many sacred places in Pakistan, including Nankana Sahib, Kartarpur Sahib and Panja Sahib. They said Sikhs around the globe appreciate the hospitality and care demonstrated by Pakistan to the Sikh community and their religious places.
They expressed the hope that better sense would prevail upon India and it would resolve the Kashmir issue by holding plebiscite, instead of resorting to violence against freedom- seeking people.
Two Indian jets shot down by PAF: DG ISPR
Earlier today, the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) shot down two Indian jets and one pilots was arrested on Wednesday, giving the first surprise to India. The Indian jets had violated the Line of Control. The PAF gave a timely response and destroyed them.
The Pak Army jawans arrested one of the pilots, while two hid themselves in the area. A search operation is going on to arrest the hiding pilots.
The wreckage of one of the jets fell in the Pakistani territory, while the wreckage of another jet fell in Occupied Jammu and Kashmir.
PM Imran Khan once again invites India to dialogues
In his address to nation, Prime Minister Imran Khan has once again invited India to dialogues. In his address after Pakistan Air Force (PAF) shot down two Indian aircraft inside Pakistani airspace, he said that the war will not be in anyone’s control if it started.
He said that he had invited India to dialogues after the Pulwama incident. “Our 70,000 people have been martyred during 10 years.”
The prime minister said that Pakistan will take action if India provides proofs of the involvement of any Pakistani in the Pulwama incident. “After the Pulwama incident, I feared some activity from India.”
He said that he had talked to the COAS and the Air Chief in the morning and took action today.