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Former US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has revealed that Pakistan and India came close to nuclear war in 2019.

According to foreign media, former US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has made several revelations in his new book “Never Give an Inch: Fighting for the America I Love”.

The former US Secretary of State says the world does not know how close Pakistan and India came to a nuclear war in February 2019, US intervention stopped the tension between Pakistan and India.

According to Pompeo, after the death of 41 Indian personnel in occupied Kashmir, India carried out airstrikes, Pakistan shot down an Indian warplane and captured the pilot. I was in Hanoi at the time for a conference.

The former US secretary of state said in his book that he was awakened by an urgent phone call from a senior Indian official. The Indian official believed that Pakistan had started preparations for a nuclear attack. He said India was considering a move. , like I said don’t do anything, give us time to sort it out.

According to Pompeo, American diplomats convinced both Pakistan and India not to go to nuclear war, something neither nation could have done to avoid a terrible outcome that night.

Background to tensions between India and Pakistan in February 2019

On 14 February 2019, there was a suicide attack on an Indian military convoy in the Pulwama district of occupied Kashmir, in which more than 45 personnel were killed. After that, India started blaming Pakistan for the attack without proof.

Then on February 26, from 3:00 PM to 3:30 AM, they attempted to breach the Pakistani border from three locations, two of which were Sialkot and Bahawalpur. The Indian planes came in and were intercepted by the Pakistan Air Force. plane, on which the Indian planes dropped the “payload” and fled back.

Pakistan strongly condemned this incident and gave a clear message to India that Pakistan will respond to this provocation at its own time and place, now India should wait for Pakistan’s surprise.

Later, on the morning of 27 February, Pakistan Air Force aircraft engaged 6 targets in occupied Kashmir on the Line of Control. The strike in place was meant to show that Pakistan has the ability to retaliate, but Pakistan does not want to do anything that would make it appear irresponsible.

When the Pakistan Air Force took the target, then 2 Indian Air Force planes again crossed the LoC and came towards Pakistan, but this time the Pakistan Air Force was ready and shot down both the Indian planes, one the Azad Kashmir plane. one fell within the borders of occupied Kashmir.

The pilot of the plane that crashed in Pakistan’s territory was arrested by Pakistan, whose name was Wing Commander Abhinandan, who was later handed over to Indian authorities through the Wagah border in a dignified manner.

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