Kathmandu: With the relations between India and Pakistan taking a turn for the worse, Nepal showed its concern on Wednesday. In a statement, Nepal’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said the country was “concerned about the escalating tensions between India and Pakistan following the terrorist attack on the security convoy in Pulwama in Jammu and Kashmir on February 14, 2019. (Also read: 1 Pak Aircraft Shot Down, 1 Indian Pilot Missing in Action)

It added, “As the current chair of SAARC, Nepal calls on both sides to exercise utmost restraint and not engage in actions that would threaten peace and security in the region. It also urges them to seek a solution through dialogue and peaceful means in order to ease tension.”

Following Tuesday’s pre-emptive air strike by the Indian Air Force on JeM’s terror camp, many nations had asked both the nations to exercise restraint.

China had also asked both India and Pakistan to ‘exercise restraint’ several hours after IAF combat jets dismantled JeM’s biggest camp in Pakistan’s Balakot in a pre-dawn strike.

“We hope that both India and Pakistan can exercise restraint and adopt actions that will help stabilise the situation in the region and improve mutual relations,” China Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lu Kang had said. He had said, “We hope the two countries can keep restraint and do more to improve bilateral relations.”

However, Wednesday had seen Pakistan claiming that two Indian pilots had been captured. Meanwhile, India had said that it had brought down a Pakistani F 16. Later, MEA confirmed that one Indian pilot was missing in action.