ISLAMABAD: Former secretary of state Mike Pompeo wrote in a guide printed Tuesday that Pakistan and India got here near nuclear battle in 2019 and that United States’ intervention prevented escalation.
“I don’t suppose the world correctly is aware of simply how shut the India-Pakistan rivalry got here to spilling over right into a nuclear conflagration in February 2019,” the doubtless future presidential contender wrote in “By no means Give an Inch,” his memoir of his time as Donald Trump’s high diplomat and earlier Central Intelligence Company (CIA) chief.
India in February 2019 broke the precedent by launching alleged airstrikes inside Pakistan after blaming it for a suicide bombing that killed 41 paramilitary troopers within the occupied Kashmir area. Pakistan shot down an Indian warplane, capturing the pilot.
Pompeo, who was in Hanoi for a summit between Trump and North Korean chief Kim Jong Un, mentioned he was woken up by an pressing name from a senior Indian official.
“He believed the Pakistanis had begun to organize their nuclear weapons for a strike. India, he knowledgeable me, was considering its personal escalation,” Pompeo wrote.
“I requested him to do nothing and provides us a minute to kind issues out,” Pompeo mentioned.
Pompeo mentioned that US diplomats satisfied each India and Pakistan that neither was making ready to go nuclear.
“No different nation may have executed what we did that evening to keep away from a horrible consequence,” Pompeo wrote.
Pompeo, who wrote that Pakistan “in all probability enabled” the assault, mentioned he spoke to “the precise chief of Pakistan,” then military chief Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa, in an allusion to the weak point of civilian governments.
Pompeo on the time publicly defended India’s proper to behave. In his guide, Pompeo spoke extremely of India and, in contrast to officers in New Delhi, made no secret of his need to see the South Asian nation confront China.
India was “the fulcrum of my diplomacy to counteract Chinese language aggression,” Pompeo wrote, calling India and america “pure allies.”
India adopted by Pakistan examined nuclear bombs in 1998, a watershed second. Then president Invoice Clinton famously would say that Kashmir, divided between the 2 nations, was “probably the most harmful place on this planet.”