India and Pakistan walk conflict tightrope


In its first military briefing after the air strikes against the Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) terror camp in Balakot, India said Pakistan targeted its military installations with a planned air strike on Wednesday that was thwarted and an enemy F-16 jet was shot down in aerial combat.

Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan announced Thursday that his country would release a captured Indian fighter pilot on Friday "as a peace gesture". One pilot has since been captured and parading on Pakistani national television.

Pakistan arrested the Indian pilot after aircraft from the two nations clashed in the disputed region of Kashmir in the worst military stand-off in decades.

Pakistani Kashmiri residents evacuate from the border town of Chakothi in Pakistan administered Kashmir.

Qureshi also said the Saudi foreign minister was expected to visit Pakistan with a special message from Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, who visited both Pakistan and India earlier this month.

India and Pakistan have once again threatened to descend into war after a recent exchange of hostilities across their mutually-disputed border, leading the state of their rival armed forces to capture worldwide attention.

Ever since the Partition of British India in 1947, Pakistan and India have been archrivals.

The target was a camp run by Jaish-e-Mohammed which claimed responsibility for the February 14 suicide auto bombing in Kashmir killing 40 members of India's security forces.

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"The remaining issue that needs to be discussed is the level of market access in goods that both sides will offer", she explained.

"I think hopefully that's going to be coming to an end", Trump said, without elaborating.

Pakistani demonstrators chant slogans and burn an effigy depicting Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Peshawar, Pakistan, Feb. 28, 2019, as tension between the nuclear-armed neighbors mounted.

"India does not wish to see further escalation of the situation", she said, speaking from a meeting with Russian and Chinese foreign ministers in China. India has said that it looks forward to the return of the pilot but has reemphasised that no back-channel talks took place nor were any concessions made to secure the release.

Germany on Thursday urged Pakistan to take strong and effective action against terrorism by taking steps to eliminate the terror outfits operating in the country. "India also expects his immediate and safe return", the MEA said in a statement. Modi's opponents seized on his decision to continue election-related activities in the midst of the crisis and criticized him for saying nothing about the pilot's capture.

"I remember when U.S. Navy Seals went to Abbottabad to kill Osama bin Laden, then why can't India?" he asked. She also noted that negotiations between the two countries would resume this year as a video conference. Pakistan denied any of its jets had been hit.

India long has accused Pakistan of cultivating such militant groups to attack it. Pakistan has said it was not involved in that attack and was ready to help New Delhi in the investigation.