Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan said that Indo-Pak relations would remain tense till the 2019 general elections in India are done with.
Khan said shadows of war were still hovering over Pakistan and India as Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government and the country could go for “another misadventure” before the general elections.
“The danger is not over. The situation will remain tense till forthcoming general elections in India. We are already prepared to avert any aggression from India,” Dawn quoted Khan as saying.
Khan also claimed that he cancelled his scheduled meeting with the Taliban in Islamabad due to “concerns” expressed by the Afghan government. The Taliban had only last month said that its representatives would visit Islamabad to meet Khan on Feb. 18.
According to media reports, the meeting was cancelled due to sanctions imposed on various members of Taliban by the U.S. and the United Nations that prohibited than from travelling to Pakistan.
Tensions between India and Pakistan escalated after the Feb. 14 attack by Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed in Pulwama, Kashmir. A suicide bomber rammed into a CRPF personnel convoy killing 40. It is one of the deadliest terror attacks that India has witnessed since its independence.
In retaliation, the Indian Air Force carried out a counter-terror operation, hitting what it said was a Jaish-e-Mohammed training camp in Balakot on Feb. 26. The very next day, Pakistan Air Force retaliated and downed a MiG-21 in an aerial combat and captured an Indian pilot, Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthman, who was handed over to India later after international pressure on Pakistan.