How Close, Ex US Secretary Of State Mike Pompeo On India-Pak Nuke Threat After Balakot

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Former US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Pakistan was preparing a nuclear attack and India was preparing its own, following Balakot’s surgical attack in February 2019, at the time. claimed to have awakened to speak to Sushma Swaraj of India. Support escalation.

In his latest book, Never Give an Inch: Fighting for the America I Love, released Tuesday, Pompeo said the incident occurred while he was in Hanoi for the February 27-28 US-North Korea summit. said it happened. The team worked overnight in both New Delhi and Islamabad to avert this crisis.

“I don’t think the world has properly perceived how close the conflict between India and Pakistan came to a nuclear detonation in February 2019. The truth is, I don’t even know the exact answer. I know it’s been too long,” Pompeo wrote.

Indian fighter jets hit the Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorist training camp in Balakot, Pakistan in February 2019, responding to the Pulwama terrorist attack that killed 40 Javanese of the CRPF.

“I will never forget the night I was in Hanoi, Vietnam. As if negotiating nuclear weapons with North Korea was not enough, India’s And Pakistan started threatening each other, Kashmir,” Pompeo said.

“Following Islamist terrorist attacks in Kashmir, possibly made possible by Pakistan’s lax counter-terrorism policy, 40 Indians have been killed. India responded with airstrikes against terrorists inside Pakistan. In the ensuing dogfight we shot down the plane and captured the Indian pilot,” he said.

“In Hanoi I woke up and spoke with my Indian counterpart. He believed that the Pakistanis had started preparing nuclear weapons for an attack. I asked him to do nothing and give us a minute (sic) to sort things out,” Pompeo wrote in his book. but incorrectly refers to Swaraj as “him”.

“I started working with Ambassador Bolton[then National Security Advisor John]. He stayed with me in a small secure communications facility in our hotel. (Secretary of War) Gen. (Qamar Javed) Bajwa, who I have been engaged to many times, I told him what the Indian had told me. I said no.

“As expected, he believed that the Indians were preparing to deploy nuclear weapons. It took me hours to convince them that I am preparing for nuclear war,” the 59-year-old former American diplomat wrote in his book.

There was no immediate comment from the Foreign Office on Pompeo’s allegations.

“No other country could have done what we did that night to avoid the dire consequences. I’m lucky to have a great team member, Ken Juster is an incredibly talented ambassador.Ken loves India and its people.

“And most of all, he loved the American people and flinched on our behalf every day. I knew it was a priority,” Pompeo said.

“General McMaster and Admiral Philip Davidson, commanders of what was later renamed the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, also understood the importance of India,” he said.

“Often frustrated by Indians, US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer was an excellent trade negotiator and former staffer of Bob Dole, making him close to Kansan-” He has been a great partner working to deepen our economic ties.We all shared the view that America had made a bold strategic effort to strengthen our ties with India and break the mold with new ideas. to do,” Pompeo writes in his book.

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