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US intervened to avert ‘nuclear war’ between Pakistan, India in 2019 face-off, claims Mike Pompeo

09:51 AM | 25 Jan, 2023
US intervened to avert ‘nuclear war’ between Pakistan, India in 2019 face-off, claims Mike Pompeo
Source: mikepompeo86/Instagram

WASHINGTON – Former US secretary of state Mike Pompeo recalled a series of armed clashes consisting of cross-border airstrikes between nuclear-armed Pakistan and India back in 2019.

The close aide of former US president Donald Trump mentioned the 2019 tensions in his latest book Never Give an Inch: Fighting for America I Love.

As tension remain unabated between the two sides, Pompeo’s revelation in his book unveiled the famous chapter as he mentioned that Islamabad and New Delhi were too close to nuclear war in 2019 and that Washington's intervention avert escalation.

The former diplomat said “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 said he will never forget the night when he was awakened to speak with his Indian counterpart. Late Sushma Swaraj believed Islamabad had begun to prepare their nuclear weapons for a strike, saying I told her to do nothing and give us a minute to sort things out.

He then mentioned approaching former Pakistan Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa, and he told the latter what the Indians had told him. Bajwa said it wasn’t true.

Pompeo said it took some time to convince both archrivals that no side was preparing for nuclear war

He took credit, saying “no other nation could have done what we did that night to avoid a horrible outcome.”

In 2019, two Pakistan Air Force jets targeted two Indian warplanes in a dogfight and shot them down along the Line of Control (LoC), the military's spokesman has confirmed.

After an aerial engagement in Jammu and Kashmir’s Nowshera sector, Pakistan claimed that it captured one Indian pilot.

The downed pilot was identified as Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman and seen in a video of what appears to be an interview at a Pakistani Air base, in which he praised the professionalism of Pakistan Army but denied to share any sensitive information.

His warplane, MiG 21 Bison, hit by Wing Commander Nauman Ali Khan, had crashed on Pakistani side of the Line of Control, while the second IAF fighter jet Sukhoi Su-30, which was downed by Sqn Leader Hassan Siddiqui, landed on the Indian side.

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk

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Currency Rates in Pakistan Today - PKR to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 21 April 2024

Pakistani currency remains unchanged against US Dollar and other currencies on April 21, 2024. US dollar was being quoted at 277.5 for buying and 280.5 for selling.

Euro stands at 293 for buying and 296 for selling while British Pound hovers at 342.25 for buying, and 345.65 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 75.20 and Saudi Riyal's new rate was at 73.30. 

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 21 April 2024

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 277.5 280.5
Euro EUR 293 296
UK Pound Sterling GBP 342.5 346
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.2 75.9
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.3 74.05
Australian Dollar AUD 181 182.8
Bahrain Dinar BHD 740.55 748.55
Canadian Dollar CAD 201 203
China Yuan CNY 38.47 38.87
Danish Krone DKK 39.78 40.18
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.53 35.88
Indian Rupee INR 3.33 3.44
Japanese Yen JPY 1.86 1.94
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 903.11 912.11
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.08 58.68
New Zealand Dollar NZD 164.22 166.22
Norwegians Krone NOK 25.61 25.91
Omani Riyal OMR 723.2 731.2
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.45 77.15
Singapore Dollar SGD 204.5 206.5
Swedish Korona SEK 25.31 25.61
Swiss Franc CHF 305.47 307.97
Thai Bhat THB 7.56 7.71

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