Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan Wednesday declared that two Indian MIGs passed the Line of Control and they were shot down, as he offered to defuse pressures between the two nuclear-armed neighbours and settle the problems through talks.
“Our action was only intended to convey that if you can come into our country, we can do the same. Two of their MiGs were shot down (in the ensuing action),” Mr Khan said in a live TV address.
His remarks came minutes after the External Affairs Ministry in New Delhi said that Pakistan Air Force targeted military bases in India in reply to Indian counter-terrorism operations but their efforts were defeated successfully through one Indian pilot is “missing in action“.
“We understand the grief that you have suffered in Pulwama and are ready for a probe and dialogue”, Mr Khan said.
Remarking that all wars are mistaken, and no one knows where they lead to, Mr Khan said that better sense must predominate and the two sides should act with attainment.
“I ask India: with the weapons you have and the weapons we have, can we really afford a miscalculation? If this (situation) escalates, it will no longer be in my control or in (Prime Minister) Narendra Modi’s,” Mr Khan said.
“Let’s sit together and settle this with talks,” he added.