Imran Khan ready to talk peace with India's Modi: Pakistan FM

Imran Khan ready to talk peace with India's Modi: Pakistan FM

Imran Khan ready to talk peace with India's Modi: Pakistan FM

After Pakistan said it shot down two Indian military jets and captured one pilot, tensions have sharply escalated between the two nuclear-armed neighbours.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Thursday that he has been on phone with Indian and Pakistan leaders to "take down the tension there, at least for the time being, so they can begin to have conversations".

The only thing that has been confirmed by both sides is that an IAF MiG-21 Bison was shot down and its pilot captured by the Pakistani forces. "It is necessary that we shouldn't do anything that allows our enemy to raise a finger at us", he said, in his first remarks since the downing of planes on Wednesday.

On Tuesday, India entered Pakistan's airspace to shoot down a so-called militant group training camp.

Pakistan's military said it launched air raids at six targets in the Indian-administered Kashmir as a demonstration of its capabilities, a day after Indian aircraft launched air raids on Pakistani territory.

"We are fully prepared and in a heightened state of readiness to respond to any provocation from Pakistan", Mahal said at a news conference in New Delhi.

"The country is in safe hands", he told the cheering crowd.

Indian fighter pilot Abhinandan Varthaman remained Thursday in the custody of the Pakistani Army.

Khan did not say how India responded to his initiative.

Following the announcement, Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) announce that its flights to Jeddah, Dubai, Madina and Dammam will be departing this evening.

The White House urged "both sides to take immediate steps to de-escalate the situation". She also noted that negotiations between the two countries would resume this year as a video conference.

Banjongjitt Angsusingh, director-general at the ministry's Department of International Trade Promotion, said the impacts of the Kashmir conflict are still unclear, but if there were to be any negative impacts on Thai trade, they would only be for the short term.

The first indication that Abhinandan might be released came from US President Donald Trump who told reporters in Hanoi that he expected "reasonably attractive news from Pakistan and India".

China, the European Union and other countries also called for restraint.

In a televised address on Wednesday, the Pakistani prime minister had said his country is ready to cooperate with New Delhi into the investigation of the February 14 suicide bombing, claimed by Pakistan-based armed group, Jaish-e-Muhammad. China is likely to be oppose the move.

Late last night, Thai Airways announced that all European bound flights were cancelled as a precaution, due to heightened tensions in the region.

Many airlines route flights over Pakistan, so the closure of its airspace caused major disruptions on Wednesday.

Flights from the Middle East and India were also affected.

Several airlines including Emirates and Qatar Airways, suspended flights to Pakistan on Wednesday, while others such as Singapore Airlines and British Airways were forced to reroute flights.

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