Let's talk, else this may escalate: Imran Khan

 Khan said all wars are miscalculated, and no one knows where they lead to.
Photo of Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan. 

ISLAMABAD: Without maintaining the N-word , Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan cautioned India that an escalation between the two nuclear neighbours could spin out of control.

 In his address to Pakistan, Khan said: "My question to the Indian government is - with the weapons that you have and the weapons we have, can we afford a miscalculation? Shouldn't we think about what will happen if the situation escalates? This will not be in my control or in Narendra Modi's control." 

Khan said all wars are miscalculated, and no one knows where they lead to. 

 "It is important where we go from here. From here, it is imperative that we use our heads and act with wisdom," Khan said, adding, "I would say, better sense should prevail. Let's sit together and settle this with talks." 

Khan also emphasised that Pakistan Air Force's action on Wednesday in which Indian Air Force lost an aircraft and one IAF pilot was captured was a planned one. "We took action today and we had planned that there should be no collateral damage, no casualty. The sole purpose of our action was to convey that if you can come into our country, we can do the same," Khan said.

 He said he spoke to the army chief on Tuesday morning after the IAF strikes and added, "We did not respond in haste - this would have been irresponsible as it would have resulted in casualties on their side. We wanted to assess first what kind of damage was caused before deciding on our action." 

Khan said Pakistan had offered investigation to India after the Pulwama attack, adding, "I understood the pain of the families (who lost their dear ones in the Pulwama attack). I have visited hospitals and seen the pain of people affected by violence. 

We have lost 70,000 of our own and I know what those who are left behind and those who are injured feel." "We offered India that we would cooperate. 

It is not in Pakistan's interest to let our land be used for terrorism. There is no dispute there," he said. "I had therefore warned India against aggression and said we will be compelled to respond because no sovereign country can allow that (violation of its sovereignty," Khan said.

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