On Thursday (28th February) United States President Donald Trump stated that there would be some “fairly decent news” on the continuing warfare between India and Pakistan, a day after the two nuclear powers both knocked down each others’ enemy jets and Pakistan detained an Indian pilot.
The US, China and other world powers have suggested control from the two countries as tensions heighten following tit-for-tat airstrikes following a suicide car bombing that killed around 40 Indian paramilitary police in Indian-controlled Kashmir on 14th February.
On Thursday morning, Indian and Pakistani troops exchanged fire for a short time along the disputed border in Kashmir, but speaking during a press conference, Trump stated that the US had been intervening between the two parties.
Trump stated that his country is trying its best to stop the two nations from entering into a war. They are in the middle and trying to help both nations.
India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on Thursday, told his group of supporters that India would stand against its enemies. He added that the whole world is watching India’s expression of common interest. India won’t do anything that would allow the enemies to point finger towards India.
India and Pakistan have fought three wars since gaining independence from British colonial rule.
Pakistan has closed down its airspace, compelling commercial airlines to reroute. Thai Airways International declared on Thursday that it had canceled flights to Pakistan and Europe.
On Thursday morning troops from India and Pakistan chiefly exchanged fire in Poonch, a district in Indian-occupied Kashmir, according to the Indian army sources. Lieutenant Colonel Devender Anand, a defense ministry spokesman stated that the Indian army reciprocated strongly and effectively. India asserted that the firing was started by Pakistan and lasted for a little over an hour beginning at 0600 local time (0030 GMT), was mportantky less elevated than the artillery fire exchanged by the two sides on Wednesday.
The White House requested “both sides to take immediate actions to de-escalate the situation.”