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Ghafoor insisted, however, that "Pakistan is not pushing the environment towards war," and he said the country's military was exercising restraint in its targeting of Indian forces and had "deliberately avoided the escalation." He said the strikes carried out by Pakistani planes on Wednesday had deliberately targeted open land, not attempting to hit Indian military positions as India has claimed.
Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan reiterated on Wednesday that his country's military deliberately sought to avoid casualties or damage in its strikes inside India, saying the objective was simply to demonstrate the nation's ability to defend iteself.
Khan urged "wisdom" and calm and said his government was willing to work with India to investigate the Feb. 14 suicide bombing which sparked the current escalation of tensions. He said that given the weapons both nations possess, it was crucial for "better sense to prevail."
"We should sit down and talk," Khan said.
Indian military sources confirmed that Air Force pilot Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman had been captured by Pakistan forces, and they said a full statement from Delhi was expected. Video circulating on social media showed the pilot being interviewed in handcuffs and a blindfold by Pakistani forces. Earlier, senior Indian police officer Munir Ahmed Khan said an Indian Air Force plane crashed in Indian-controlled sector of Kashmir and that it wasn't immediately known if there were casualties.
- 27 Feb, 2019
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