China is likely to help ease the conflict between Pakistan and India after the former’s Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi requested the Beijing to help a ‘constructive role’.
According to a statement by the Chinese Foreign Ministry’s website, Qureshi updated his Chinese counterpart, Wang Yi about the prevailing situation. He expressed hope that China will help resolve the situation. The statement also said that Beijing hoped “both Pakistan and India would exercise restraint to prevent an expansion of the situation.”
The Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj had also briefed officials of China and Russia during the trilateral talks about the IAF’s pre-emptive action. Swaraj explained that India had no alternative as Pakistan on numerous occasions had failed to take action against its militant groups. On February 14, over 40 CRPF soldiers were killed in the Pulwama terror attack after a Jaish-e-Mohammed suicide bomber rammed his SUV into the convoy.
Swaraj said that India does not wish to see further escalation of the situation but has failed to accept Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan’s dialogue offer.
Meanwhile, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at an election rally said “India will fight, live, work and win as one.” He said nobody can create hurdles in its march towards development. “The enemy tries to destabilize us, carries out terror attacks; they want to stop our growth. We all countrymen are standing like a rock to counter their evil designs.”
The potential crisis deepened when Pakistan retaliated yesterday and downed two Indian jets in its airspace and captured a pilot. Both countries’ air force has crossed over into each other airspace. Shelling and bombing continues along the Line of Control (LoC).