Pompeo reveals Indo-Pak tensions maximized in 2019


WASHINGTON : Former US secretary of state Mike Pompeo has revealed that tensions between Pakistan and India were so high in February 2019 that both the countries were about to indulge in a nuclear escalation.
According to media reports, Pompeo said the United States had to intervene between two nuclear armed neighbors to prevent a full-fledge war.
Back in February 2019, tensions between Pakistan and maximized as Pakistan captured an Indian Air Force (IAF) pilot after a major aerial confrontation and chase between the Air Forces of two countries.
“I do not think the world properly knows just how close the India-Pakistan rivalry came to spilling over into a nuclear conflagration in February 2019,” Pompeo wrote in his book “Never Give an Inch”.
In 2019, Pakistan had shot down an Indian warplane, capturing its pilot Abhinandan Varthaman, who was later released in a “goodwill gesture” by Islamabad.
Possibly the future Presidency contender wrote in his book that he was in Hanoi for a summit between Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, when he received call from a senior Indian official.
“He believed the Pakistanis had begun to prepare their nuclear weapons for a strike. India, he informed me, was contemplating its own escalation,” Pompeo wrote in his book, according to TRT World.
“I asked him to do nothing and give us a minute to sort things out,” Pompeo said.
“No other nation could have done what we did that night to avoid a horrible outcome,” Pompeo wrote.