Let’s give peace a chance: Pak PM Imran Khan

Srinagar

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has once again extended an offer of dialogue to India to defuse the current situation and resolve all issues peacefully, reported Radio Pakistan.

The Radio Pakistan report said that addressing the nation on state media on Wednesday afternoon, he said better sense should prevail as the escalation in tension will not be in anybody’s interest.

Imran Khan warned if the matter steers towards further escalation neither he nor Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be able to contain the situation. It is, therefore, important that we should act with wisdom and sanity, reported Radio Pakistan.

The report quoted Imran Khan as having said the situation prevailing from yesterday required taking the nation into confidence.

According to Radio Pakistan report, he said we offered India full cooperation in the wake of Pulwama incident.

“He said we understand that losing dear ones causes grief. He said we faced more than 70,000 casualties during the last decade and we can understand the feelings of bereaved families. That is why I offered an investigation into the incident. He said it is not in our interest that anyone uses our soil for terrorism or foreign land is used against us. He regretted the offer was not reciprocated by India,” reported Radio Pakistan.

The Radio Pakistan quoted Imran Khan as having said he feared India will act due to its election compulsions. We took the time to respond to India as we wanted to ascertain our damages first.

The report quoted Imran Khan as having said today’s action was taken to show that we have the capability and resolve to respond to any external aggression. But we carried out the action avoiding collateral damage and civilian casualties.

“He said two Indian aircraft were shot down by our air force and their pilots have been captured,” Radio Pakistan reported.

The Radio Pakistan quoted Khan as having said it is easy to start a war but very difficult to conclude it. He mentioned the World Wars I and II that became protracted and resulted in the loss of millions of lives.  He said all wars in the world resulted in miscalculations.

He asked India whether we can afford miscalculations in the presence of lethal weapons possessed by both the countries, Radio Pakistan reported.

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