In an attempt to de-escalate rising tensions between India and Pakistan, Prime Minister Imran Khan promised on Thursday to release the Wing Commander. The announcement was done in front of parliament, and he stated he was making an effort to contact his Indian Counterpart, Narendra Modi.
An Indian government official has issued a warning. He advised that, even upon the pilot’s return, New Delhi would not think twice about striking its neighbor first, if fear of a similar attack was on the horizon. Modi also warned, “India’s enemies are conspiring to create instability in the country through terror attacks.”
Tensions in the contested region of Kashmir have steadily escalated since the February 14 suicide bombing, which led to the deaths of more than 40 Indian paramilitary troops in the Indian controlled portion of the region. This was answered by a pre-dawn airstrike Tuesday inside Pakistan.
Many world leaders have called an end to the escalation of the tensions in the region. On Thursday, Turkish officials stated PM Khan placed a call to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to discuss the tensions between Pakistan and India as well as other problems in the region.
This is a follow-up to the February 27, 2019 story.