Erdogan, Imran Khan discuss Kashmir, Indo-Pak tensions

Srinagar: Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip Erdogan discussed recent tensions between Pakistan and India over the phone with the Pakistani premier Imran Khan on Thursday, Turkish presidential sources said.

According to a statement from the Pakistani prime ministry, Recep Tayyip Erdogan expressed appreciation for Imran Khan’s move to release a captured Indian fighter pilot who intruded into Pakistani airspace on Wednesday, Anadolu news agency reported.

The statement added that Khan had thanked Erdogan for his β€œconstant support for Pakistan and the Kashmiri people.”

Tensions between the two nuclear-armed neighbours have escalated following a suicide bombing claimed by Jaish-e-Mohammad (JEM) in Jammu and Kashmir that killed more than 40 Indian troops earlier this month.

On Tuesday, Indian jets entered Pakistan claiming to have killed several militants in a JEM training camp.

On Wednesday Pakistan claimed to have shot down two Indian Air Force jets and captured an IAF Pilot alive.


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