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Former US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo revealed that Pakistan and India are close to nuclear war in 2019.
According to foreign media reports, former US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made several revelations in his new book “Never Give an Inch: The Fight for the America I Love”.
Former US Secretary of State says the world doesn’t know how close Pakistan and India came to nuclear war in February 2019, US intervention stopped tensions between Pakistan and India.
According to Pompeo, after India carried out airstrikes in occupied Kashmir, Pakistan shot down an Indian fighter jet and captured the pilot. I was in Hanoi at the time for a conference.
The former US Secretary of State said in his book that he was woken up by an urgent phone call from a high-ranking Indian official. This Indian official believes that Pakistan has started preparations for a nuclear attack. He said that India is considering action. I told him not to do anything, give us time to solve things.
According to Pompeo, American diplomats persuaded both Pakistan and India not to go to nuclear war, something neither nation could do that night to avoid a dire outcome.
Background of India-Pakistan tensions in February 2019
On February 14, 2019, a deadly attack on an Indian military convoy took place in the Pulwama district of occupied Kashmir, in which more than 45 people were killed. India then blamed Pakistan for the attack without any evidence.
After that, on February 26, from 15:00 to 03:30, they tried to breach the Pakistani border from three places, two of them Sialkot and Bahawalpur. Indian planes entered and were intercepted by the Pakistan Air Force. the planes on which the Indian planes threw their “load” and fled back.
Pakistan strongly condemned this incident and gave a clear message to India that Pakistan will respond to this provocation at its own time and place, now India should wait for Pakistan’s surprise.
Later, on the morning of February 27, Pakistan Air Force jets hit 6 targets in occupied Kashmir along the Line of Control. This strike showed that Pakistan has the capability to retaliate, but Pakistan does not want to do anything that could be seen as irresponsible.
As the Pakistan Air Force captured the target, after that 2 Indian Air Force planes again crossed the border area and came towards Pakistan, but this time the Pakistan Air Force was ready and shot down both the Indian planes, an Azad Kashmir plane. one fell into occupied Kashmir.
The pilot of the plane that crashed in Pakistani territory was arrested by Pakistan, identified as Wing Commander Abhinandan, who was later duly handed over to Indian authorities through the Wagah border.