On Wednesday afternoon, PM Imran Khan addressed the nation following the event in which the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) shot down two Indian Air Force (IAF) jets.
PM Khan said, “We offered peace to India after what happened in Pulwama.” Adding that, “We offered India that we would investigate. We wanted to cooperate and were ready to do so. I feared that India would still take action, and I had therefore warned India against aggression.”
Regarding the action taken by the PAF, PM Khan also said, “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. It is imperative that we use our heads and act with wisdom.”
“All wars are miscalculated, and no one knows where they lead to. World War 1 was supposed to end in weeks, it took six years,” “I ask India: with weapons you have and the weapons we have, can we really afford a miscalculation? If this escalates, it will no longer be in my control or in Modi’s.”
PM Khan concluded his address by saying, “let’s sit together and settle this with talks.”
Even under such high tensions, PM Khan has given an open invitation to India to hold talks and resolve the issue in a manner that is both diplomatic and restrained.
The PM addressed the nation after chairing a meeting of the National Command Authority (NCA), which included both political and military figures.
Pakistani retaliation comes a day after the IAF violated the Line of Control (LoC) and breached Pakistani airspace.