‘Better sense should prevail,’ PM Imran advises India

‘Better sense should prevail,’ PM Imran advises India

Islamabad (Staff Report/Agencies): Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday suggested India to sit and resolve all issues through dialogue.


Addressing the nation after Pakistan Air Force (PAF) shot down two Indian Air Force jets that had trespassed into Pakistani territory, PM Imran said that better sense should prevail.

"I wanted to take you into confidence regarding the situation arising since yesterday. We offered India that we are ready to cooperate with them in any kind of investigation after the Pulwama attack. I know the grief the families of [those killed in Pulwama attack] have been going through," the premier said.

"Pakistan has suffered casualties in the past so we offered to cooperate with India. Because terrorism is not in Pakistan’s interests," he added. "We had said that Pakistan would be forced to respond if India carried out aggression."

"We didn’t take action yesterday morning because we didn’t know the full extent of damage. Otherwise it would have been irresponsible. That’s why we waited," he explained.

PM Imran said "Our plan from the start has been no casualties for India. The purpose was just to show India that if they can enter our space, we can too."

"The problem is, where do we go from here? It is crucial that India uses sense," he asserted.

“My question to the Indian government is that with the weapons you and we have can we afford a miscalculation? If it escalates from here where will it go? It won’t be in Modi’s or my control. I once again invite you to dialogue. Let me say again that better sense should prevail. We should resolve our problems through dialogue," he asserted.

Earlier the day, Pakistan Air Force shot down Indian two aircrafts inside Pakistani airspace and arrested one pilot.

“In response to PAF strikes this morning as released by MoFA, IAF crossed LOC. PAF shot down two Indian aircrafts inside Pakistani airspace,” Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Director General Major General Asif Ghafoor said in a tweet. “One of the aircraft fell inside AJ&K while other fell inside IOK. One Indian pilot arrested by troops on ground while two in the area,” he added.