Postpone travel to India, Pakistan, Wisma Putra tells Malaysians

Indian troops on alert after Pakistan said it had shot down two Indian jets. (AFP pic)

PETALING JAYA: Wisma Putra has expressed concern over escalating tensions between India and Pakistan, urging Malaysians to postpone their travel plans to the two countries.

The foreign ministry has also called on the two South Asian neighbours to exercise restraint and engage in dialogue to iron out differences.

“Like many other countries, Malaysia aims at the creation of a peaceful and stable international order,” it said in a statement on Facebook.

Furthermore, the ministry advised its nationals to contact the High Commission of Malaysia in New Delhi or the High Commission of Malaysia in Islamabad in case they need any help.

Wisma Putra also said it will continue to closely monitor the situation and be in close contact with the local authorities for the latest updates.

On Wednesday, Pakistan shot down two Indian jets, AFP quoted a spokesman for the Pakistan armed forces as saying, a day after Indian warplanes struck inside Pakistan for the first time since a war in 1971, prompting leading powers to urge the nuclear-armed rivals to show restraint.

Tensions have been elevated since a suicide car bombing by Pakistan-based militants in Indian-controlled Kashmir killed at least 40 Indian paramilitary police on Feb 14.

The risk of conflict rose dramatically on Tuesday when India launched an air strike on what it said was a militant training base.