Threat of further escalation between India, Pakistan over: Pak govt assessment

The Express Tribune reported that the assessment was shared by a senior official on Monday in a background briefing on the current state of relations between the two neighbouring countries.
Threat of further escalation between India, Pakistan over: Pak govt assessment

The threat of further escalation between India and Pakistanafter the Pulwama attack is over, an internal assessment of the Pakistangovernment has concluded.

The Express Tribune reported that the assessment was sharedby a senior official on Monday in a background briefing on the current state ofrelations between the two neighbouring countries.

"There is a visible de-escalation in tension," theofficial said.

The official told journalists that Pakistan did not foreseeany further "aggressive action" from India, the report said.

Tensions flared up between India and Pakistan after asuicide bomber of Jaish-e-Muhammed (JeM) killed 40 CRPF personnel in Kashmir'sPulwama district on February 14.

Amid mounting outrage, the Indian Air Force carried out anair strike, hitting the "biggest JeM training camp" in Balakot, deep insidePakistan on February 26.

The next day, Pakistan Air Force retaliated and downed aMiG-21 in an aerial combat and captured Indian pilot, who was handed over toIndia on March 1.

There was fear that India may launch more strikes orescalate the situation to end the crisis on a high note, the paper said.

When asked whether Pakistan feared another possible'misadventure' by India before the elections in the country, the officialconfidently replied: "There is no room for such aggressive action fromIndia".

The upbeat assessment of the government is apparently linkedto hectic diplomacy involving many regional and international players, seekingde-escalation in tensions between the two countries, the paper said.

In a first sign of easing of tensions, Pakistani and Indianhigh commissioners resumed their diplomatic work in Islamabad and New Delhi onSaturday.

Both countries called back their envoys for consultationssoon after the Pulwama attack.

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