Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan extended an offer of talks to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to avoid escalation of the Kashmir crisis during a televised address from Islamabad on Wednesday.
The prime minister said the two countries “should sit down and sort out our issues with dialogue” rather than letting tensions escalate, adding that both sides should show restraint, in consideration of both countries’ nuclear arsenals.
“Can we afford miscalculation with the kind of weapons you and we have? Shouldn’t we be thinking where this will go from here if things were to escalate? It won’t even be in my control, or in Narendra Modi’s control,” Khan stated.
On Tuesday, India claimed to have launched air strikes against a militant camp in Pakistani territory. A day later, Pakistan claimed to have shot down two Indian planes over Kashmir.