Published: Sun, March 03, 2019
World Media | By Cesar Oliver

Pakistan PM warns of Kashmir escalation, offers talks with India

Pakistan PM warns of Kashmir escalation, offers talks with India

Pakistan said it shot down two Indian jets and captured a pilot, while India said it lost one plane and shot down a Pakistani jet. "Let's sit together and settle this with talks", the prime minister concluded. There was no immediate reaction from Modi. At least one Indian pilot also appears to have been captured by Pakistan. Gen. Asif Ghafoor said.

"The UK is deeply concerned about rising tensions between India and Pakistan and urgently calls for restraint on both sides to avoid further escalation", May told parliament. The other as yet unidentified pilot is receiving medical care at a military hospital.

"It was conveyed that India expects Pakistan to take immediate and verifiable action against terrorism emanating from territories under its control", it said.

"We have no intention of escalation, but are fully prepared to do so if forced into that paradigm", Ghafoor said.

The MEA said targeting of Indian military posts was in contrast to India's non-military anti-terror pre-emptive strike at a JeM terrorist camp at Balakot in Pakistan eraly Tuesday. However, Pakistan has denied that there were any casualties from the airstrikes.

"I wanted to take you into confidence regarding the situation arising since yesterday", the Pakistan premier said as he began his address. Local residents earlier said they saw three bodies at the site.

While flight operations had been suspended at Amritsar and Dehradun, airports at Jammu and Leh had been closed down for civilian traffic. It was not clear if the shutdown applied to commercial overflights, though aviation authorites in Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates stopped all flights to Pakistan. "The strikes are deliberately directed at non-military targets avoiding human loss and collateral damage". The shells hit the village of Kotli in Pakistan's section of Kashmir.

Amid growing concerns of Abhinandan's well-being, sources claimed India formally asked Pakistan to return him on Wednesday evening but the latter didn't revert. "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]". In Pakistan's part of Kashmir, hundreds of villagers fled border towns. An Indian plane crashed in Kashmir on Wednesday.

Images then circulated of his capture were both condemned for what appeared to be a physical attack at the hands of residents in Pakistan-controlled Kashmir, and praised for the actions of the Pakistani soldiers who intervened to create a barrier.

It came just 24 hours after Indian carried out an attack on what it says was a militant camp in Pakistan in revenge for a suicide bombing that killed 40 Indian troops in Kashmir.

He said any reaction now will be more hurtful than helpful.

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