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A news conference held by representatives of India's armed forces after Mr Khan made his surprise announcement could be interpreted as a step in the right direction: no new threats were made and the focus was on the Indian version of what transpired earlier in the week.

The Indian airstrike came after a deadly attack by Jaish-e-Mohammad on the Indian paramilitary police force in Kashmir earlier this month. "India will win as one", he said. Khan said in a televised national address Wednesday. He did not elaborate.

The lawmaker called on both the countries to exercise restraint to de-escalate the tensions, asserting that he was extremely concerned over the escalation of India-Pakistan hostilities triggered by the Pulwama attack."I urge both countries to exercise restraint and deescalate tensions".

The ties between the two Asian neighbors have grown strained following the February 14 suicide attack on the Indian police in the Indian-controlled Kashmir which killed over 40 policemen. However, since 2015 he has been responsible for increasing number of attacks on India.

Tensions have been running high since Indian aircraft crossed into Pakistan on Tuesday.

New Delhi also confirmed the loss of one of its planes and said it had shot down a Pakistani fighter jet. India and Pakistan massed troops along their borders in the biggest such buildup in 15 years following the December 13 attack on the Indian Parliament.

He said Indian soldiers were responding to the ongoing Pakistani multiple attacks along the highly militarized de-facto frontier. Behind him were arrayed the photos of the 40 officers killed in the February 14 attack. He said, "I spent a good deal of time on the phone last night talking to leaders in both countries, making sure there was good information exchanged, encouraging each country to not take any action that would escalate and create increased risk". In an interview with Daily Sabah in 2016, the Pakistani prime minister's special envoy highlighted that the Kashmir dispute could be solved at the United Nations level "through the democratic method of a free and impartial plebiscite conducted under the auspices of the United Nations".

"We will celebrate his release", said Vinay Bhardwaj, 34, a plumber in Nawshera, a border town in Indian-administered Kashmir.

Beijing is on the verge of being sucked into anIndia-Pakistan crisis, amid rising tensions in the Kashmir region that borders China.

In a statement, the agency said the government decision about the closure of the air space will remain effective until 1 p.m. on Friday, after which authorities will announce whether they are reopening it or keeping the airspace closed. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going.

"We've been involved in trying to have them stop", Trump told reporters in Hanoi.