Washington. Former US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo claimed that in February 2019 the two countries were on the brink of a nuclear strike after India targeted terrorist launch pads at Balakot in Pakistan, but after talking to the “de facto leader” of Pakistan, America had avoided a possible nuclear fallout. Instead of speaking to members of the elected government like former Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan or former Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, the former staff of former US President Donald Trump demanded a phone call from the general Qamar Javed Bajwa, then head of the Pakistani army.
In his new book “Never Give An Inch: Fighting for the America I Love,” released on January 24, Pompeo said, “I contacted General Bajwa, the de facto leader of Pakistan, with whom I had many conversations. I informed them of what the Indians had told me. He said that’s not true. Pompeo’s claims show that even the United States and its administration are aware that Pakistan’s elected governments only play a nominal role, while the real decisions are made by the military.
Pompeo said Indian officials and their Pakistani counterparts were confident that both sides were preparing for nuclear war, with Pakistan unhappy that India destroyed terrorist strongholds after entering its airspace in February 2019. Reuters news agency also said in its March 2019 report that in February 2019, India and Pakistan came close to firing missiles at each other. India had warned to take tough action against Pakistan after the loss of Indian Air Force pilot Abhinandan Varthaman.
The MiG-21 Bison pilot, Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, was captured by Pakistani authorities but released after India launched diplomatic efforts and warned Pakistan of dire consequences. Pompeo claims in his book that he worked around the clock with then-US national security adviser John Bolton, then-US ambassador to India Kenneth Juster and other senior officials. to ensure that there would be no fallout like a nuclear strike.
Mike Pompeo wrote in his book, “I don’t think the world knows exactly how close the India-Pakistan rivalry came to a nuclear attack in February 2019.” The truth is, I don’t even know the exact answer, I just know it was very close. In fact, Indian warplanes had destroyed a Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorist training camp in Balakot, Pakistan in February 2019 in response to the martyrdom of 40 members of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) during the Pulwama terrorist attack. After that, the tension in the two countries reached its peak.
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FIRST POST: January 26, 2023, 05:30 HST