US asks India, Pakistan to refrain from military action as escalation risks ‘unacceptably high’ after airstrikes

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The U.S. has urged India and Pakistan to refrain from further military action as international pressure builds on the long-standing rivals to de-escalate the most serious flare-up in decades that The potential risks associated with further military action by either side are unacceptably high for both countries, their neighbors, and the international community, said a White House National Security Council official who spoke condition of anonymity citing the sensitivity of the matter. India has demanded the immediate and safe return of a fighter pilot captured in Pakistan on Wednesday, while Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan called for talks with India. Better sense should prevail, Khan said in an address to the nation. We should sit down and talk. India What we have seen is certainly an escalation, but I thought that Prime Minister Imran Khan There is a lot of international pressure on both India and Pakistan to avoid further clashes. Modi is just weeks from a hard-fought election, and with nationalist fervor in India running high, he His ruling Bharatiya Janata Party has been at pains to point out the prime minister How much political leverage India gets out of this comes from Pakistan Referring to India READ ALSO | One fell inside Pakistan-controlled Kashmir, and the other crashed on India Videos are circulating on social media that claim to show the arrested Indian pilot in Pakistan In one, the pilot states his name, service number and religion. India said Pakistan had attempted to target military installations in response to New Delhi The Pakistani aircraft was seen by ground forces falling from the sky on the Pakistan side, Foreign ministry spokesman Ravessh Kumar said at a briefing in New Delhi. Ghafoor, in turn, denied a Pakistani jet had been lost. This is unprecedented territory – we haven Rajaratnam School of International Studies in Singapore, by phone. We don But it seems like Pakistan has given a response. And there have been casualties – captures, deaths. Diplomatic Outreach Earlier Wednesday it appeared the bitter rivals were looking to lower the temperature with renewed diplomatic outreach. Pakistan sought help from the United Nations to de-escalate the situation. India reached out to countries including the U.S., U.K., China, France and Russia and urged the government in Islamabad to take action against terror groups based in the country. China The target was a camp run by Jaish-e-Mohammed which claimed responsibility for the Feb. 14 suicide car bombing in Kashmir which killed 40 members of India The last two days of air strikes represent the worst escalation since 2001, when Pakistan and India moved ballistic missiles and troops to their border following an attack on parliament in New Delhi that was also blamed on Jaish-e-Mohammad. India and Pakistan have fought three major wars since partition and independence in 1947. They will not allow things to go out of control because both countries are facing tremendous pressure from global powers including China and the U.S., said Rashid Ahmed Khan, head of politics and international relations department at University of Central Punjab, Lahore said by phone. There will be a controlled and managed escalation.

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