No mediators needed to resolve Pak-India conflict: Indian ambassador to Russian Federation

Saul Bowman
March 3, 2019

The IAF officer Abhinandan, who received a hero's welcome on Friday after Pakistan released him is undergoing medical treatment at the Delhi hospital. The next day, Pakistan retaliated with a large air formation, comprising 24 fighter jets, including F-16s.

The External Affairs Ministry also exerted pressure on Pakistan through the Arab world, they said.

Despite the truce violations, the two neighbors appeared to step back from the brink on Saturday after Islamabad returned a captured Indian pilot.

"And if India wants another war, Pakistan is fully ready for it", he said.

Tensions have escalated between India and Pakistan after the February 14 Pulwama attack claimed by Pakistan-based terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM).

Pakistan's foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said the country had acted with prudence in releasing the pilot.

Indian army chief Bipin Rawat dashed to Udhampur in his country's sector of Kashmir on Saturday to review border security.

IAF pilot Abhinandan's MiG 21 was shot and he bailed out after bringing down one Pakistani F-16 fighter during a dogfight as three Pakistani jets violated Indian airspace in Jammu and Kashmir's Nowshera and Poonch on Wednesday.

Supporters of India's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) wearing masks of Indian Air Force pilot Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman and Prime Minister Narendra Modi ride their motorbikes during a rally to celebrate after Abhinandan was released by Pakistan, in New Delhi, India, March 2, 2019.

India accuses Pakistan of arming and training rebels and sending them into Indian-controlled Kashmir to launch attacks against government targets.

Erdoğan also reminded the brotherly ties between Turkey and Pakistan stemming from the aid of Indian Muslims, the ruled by the British Empire, for the Turkish War Independence against WWI Allied nations and Greece, in addition to decades of cooperation in culture, military, economy and disaster management.

Wing Commander Varthaman was expected to be debriefed by the IAF on his detention in Pakistan, which is yet to take place.

Tensions have been running high since Indian aircraft crossed into Pakistan on Tuesday, carrying out what India called a pre-emptive strike against militants blamed for a February 14 suicide bombing in Indian-controlled Kashmir that killed 40 Indian troops.

Anti-India sentiment runs deep in the region, and most people support the rebels' cause against Indian rule while also participating in civilian street protests against Indian control.

Mohammad Latif, a laborer who is taking refuge at a government building vacated for sheltering displaced families, says, "Whenever India fire mortars, it's we who suffer".

Fawad said during his visit to Saudi Arabia, the prime minister talked of Pakistan's philosophy of maintaining peaceful and cordial relations with all its neighbours, including India and Afghanistan.

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