Imran Khan ready to speak to Narendra Modi on phone to ‘Defuse Tensions’

Amid tensions between India and Pakistan following the Air Strike by Indian Air Force, Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi has told GeoTV that Prime Minister Imran Khan is ready to speak to his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi on the phone to defuse tensions.

There has been an aerial engagement between the Indian Air Force (IAF) and the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) on Wednesday in which New Delhi said it shot down a Pakistan fighter jet but lost one of its MiG-21s.

The Indian government confirmed that an Indian Air Force (IAF) Wing Abhinandan Commander piloting a MiG-21 fighter jet was captured by the Pakistani army after he landed across the Line of Control.

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The pilot was captured on Wednesday after he ejected safely from his MiG 21 Bison aircraft. India has demanded the “immediate and safe return” of the pilot.

Indian Air Force carried out strikes at terror camps at multiple places in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK) and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in Pakistan, destroying control rooms of Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) and some other infrastructure.

New Delhi said it was a “non-military and pre-emptive” strike based on credible inputs that Jaish was training suicide bombers for more attacks in the country. Over 40 CRPF soldiers were killed on February 14 when a Jaish-e-Mohammed suicide bomber attacked a security convoy.

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