Former US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has claimed that he woke up from his sleep to talk to his then Indian counterpart Sushma Swaraj who told him that Pakistan was preparing for a nuclear strike in the wake of the February 2019 Balakot surgical strike and India is preparing its retaliation.
In his new book Never Give An Inch: Fighting for the America I Love, which hit the market on Tuesday, Pompeo said the incident occurred while he was in Hanoi for the February 27-28 US-North Korea summit and his The team worked through the night with both India and Pakistan to defuse the crisis.
Pompeo writes 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.
India’s warplanes destroyed a Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorist training camp in Pakistan’s Balakot in February 2019 in response to the Pulwama terror attack that killed 40 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel.
Pompeo said, “I will never forget that night when I was in Hanoi, Vietnam. As if holding talks with the North Koreans on nuclear weapons was not enough, India and Pakistan began threatening each other over the decades-long dispute over the Kashmir region on the northern border.
He wrote, “Woke up to talk with my Indian counterpart in Hanoi. He believed that the Pakistanis had started preparing their nuclear weapons for the attack. He informed me that India is considering its response. I told them not to do anything and give us some time to fix everything.