Islamabad - Prime Minister Imran Khan has accused India of “whipping up war hysteria” over February’s tense stand-off between the two countries.

In a tweet on Saturday, Khan blamed Narendra Modi’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) claims that India shot down a Pakistani F-16 during the standoff.

“The truth always prevails and is always the best policy,” Khan said in a tweet. “BJP’s attempt to win elections through whipping up war hysteria and false claims of downing a Pak F-16 has backfired with US defence officials also confirming that no F-16 was missing from Pakistan’s fleet.”

Tensions between Pakistan and India escalated after a February suicide attack that killed at least 40 Indian policemen. India then said it hit a training camp for an armed group who claimed responsibility for the attack. Pakistan dismissed the attack as a failure.

The nuclear-armed neighbours then engaged in an aerial battle over the disputed region of Kashmir a day after Indian jets crossed over into Pakistan to attack a suspected camp of anti-India elements.

Next day, an Indian jet was brought down during the fight and its pilot captured when he ejected on the Pakistani side of the border. He was later released.

Says BJP’s attempt to win polls through false claim of downing F-16 backfired

India said it too had shot down a Pakistani aircraft and the air force displayed pieces of a missile that it said had been fired by a Pakistani F-16 before it went down.

India Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who had said that India had taught Pakistan a lesson, is campaigning ahead of elections next week.

The BJP is campaigning on a platform of tough national security, especially with regard to arch foe Pakistan.

The success of Indian air strikes on an alleged camp of Jaish-e-Mohammed in Pakistan has also been thrown into doubt after satellite images showed little sign of damage.

MPs asked to share meal with homeless

In another tweet on Saturday, Prime Minister Imran Khan advised the elected representatives from Centre and provinces to visit the Panah Gahs (shelter houses) built for down-and-out people and share meal with the people living there.

“This will sensitise them to issues faced by the bottom tier of our society,” the prime minister said in the tweet.

He said in the coming months, he would personally monitor the effectiveness of the government’s jihad against the poverty alleviation.