European Union responds over India Pakistan escalation
*BRUSSELS: *The European Union (EU) on Tuesday called on New Delhi and Islamabad to exercise “maximum restraint” after Indian warplanes violated Pakistani airspace on Tuesday near the Line of Control (LoC), sending tensions soaring between the nuclear-armed arch-rivals.
“We remain in contact with both countries and what we believe is essential is that all exercise maximum restraint and avoid further escalation of tensions,” EU spokeswoman Maja Kocijancic told reporters.
The Indian Air Force (IAF) jets were chased away by Pakistan Air Force (PAF) aircraft which were immediately scrambled to thwart any aggressive move by the country’s eastern neighbour, said the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR).
The escalation came after a February 14 suicide bombing that killed over 40 paramilitary forces in occupied Kashmir’s Pulwama district, setting off a chain of threats and counter-warnings between the neighbours.
The military’s media wing added that the LoC was violated near Muzaffarabad sector. “Facing timely and effective response from Pakistan Air Force released payload in haste while escaping which fell near Balakot,” said DG ISPR Major General Asif Ghafoor.