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27 Feb, 2019 14:34

#SayNoToWar trends on Twitter as India, Pakistan teeter on the brink of armed conflict

#SayNoToWar trends on Twitter as India, Pakistan teeter on the brink of armed conflict

Activists, celebrities and citizens alike are appealing on Twitter for calm with the trending hashtag #SayNoToWar amid rising India-Pakistan tensions following a suicide bomb attack in Kashmir and retaliatory cross-border strikes.

Netizens have tweeted en masse calling for calm in the region following a week of geopolitical strain, cross-border flare-ups of violence and some bombastic rhetoric across the board.

Two Indian fighter jets were shot down over Pakistan-controlled airspace in the disputed Kashmir region Wednesday morning, following an Indian bombing raid on an alleged training camp for the Jaish-e-Mohammed group. The organization had claimed responsibility for the February 14 suicide bombing which claimed the lives of 42 Indian paramilitary servicemen.

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Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan has stated that his government is ready for talks with their neighbour and long-time rival India, asking for "better sense to prevail," echoing the sentiments of the thousands of people who have tweeted to make the #SayNoToWar hashtag a trending topic on Twitter.

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