Prime Minister of Pakistan Calls for Talks As Conflict with India Escalates

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan called for talks with India after fighter jets from both nations were shot down. “Better sense should prevail,” Prime Minister Khan said in an address to Pakistan. “We should sit down and talk.”

Following India carrying out airstrikes in Pakistan, warplanes from both countries were shot down on Wednesday. This is the most serious military confrontation between the two countries in more than 30 years.

India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi has yet to comment on the escalation. Modi and the ruling nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is under pressure to continue escalations against Pakistan with just weeks remaining before national elections.

Pakistan was first to release a statement, saying it had shot down two Indian aircrafts.

One crashed inside Pakistan-controlled Kashmir, and the other crashed in Indian-controlled Kashmir, said military spokesman Asif Ghafoor. He initially said two pilots had been arrested, but corrected his statement on twitter, saying one pilot was in custody.

Pakistan sought help to de-escalate the situation from the United Nations.

It was the first incursion by the Indian Air Force into Pakistan since the India-Pakistan war of 1971. The last two days of air strikes represent the worst escalation since at least 2001, when Pakistan and India moved ballistic missiles and troops to the border. India and Pakistan have fought three major wars since partition and independence in 1947.



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