The next day, Pakistan Air Force retaliated and downed a MiG-21 in aerial combat and captured a Indian pilot, who was handed over to India on March 1.
Tension between the two neighbours again escalated when India on August 5 scrapped Article 370 of its Constitution which gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir.
Reacting to India’s move on Kashmir, Pakistan downgraded diplomatic ties with New Delhi and expelled the Indian High Commissioner.
The Pakistan Prime Minister, recalling his previous telephonic conversation with his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi, said: “I told him that there are similar circumstances both in Pakistan and India. I told him about climate change. We are sitting on a ticking bomb. If we do not address this issue (climate change there will be a scarcity of water (in both countries.
“I told him that we together can solve the Kashmir dispute through dialogue.”
Imran Khan claimed he made efforts (for talks alleging that India was acting like a superpower. “…India asked us to do this and not to do that. It was giving us dictation.”
Interacting with the Sikh community, who had come from different European countries, he assured that Pakistan would issue multiple visas to Sikhs to facilitate them in visiting their religious places.