‘Concern on both sides over ties’: Ex-Pak foreign secretary

Pakistan informed India directly and through its friends it would be “dangerous” to climb the escalation ladder when the two countries came close to firing missiles at each other during a standoff in February, former Pakistani foreign secretary Riaz Khokhar has said.

Khokhar, who served as Pakistan’s envoy to India, the US and China, and continues to be connected to the foreign policy establishment in Islamabad, said there is no option for the South Asian neighbours but to sit at the table and talk to address their differences and reduce tensions.

As reported by Hindustan Times, India and Pakistan came close to firing missiles at each other on February 27, after Indian Air Force pilot Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman was captured when his jet was shot down during an engagement along the Line of Control.

Tensions between the two sides were then at a high following the Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) suicide attack at Pulwama that killed 40 troops. Read More

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