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International community urges India and Pakistan to exercise restraint


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Pakistan-India tensions have alarmed the international community and several friendly and neutral states have asked India and Pakistan to difefuse tensions and resolve the conflict through dialogue.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has urged India and Pakistan to avoid “further military activity” following a dramatic escalation in tensions between the two South Asian neighbors.

“I expressed to both ministers that we encourage India and Pakistan to exercise restraint, and avoid escalation at any cost,” Pompeo said in a statement issued in Washington, DC, on Tuesday.

PM Imran Khan addressed the nation and said that Pakistan has once again resorted to dialogue and wishes to de-escalate tensions amid the neighboring countries.

China, in a press statement, also asked both countries to exercise restraint and the Chinese Foreign Minister corresponded with the Pakistani counterpart Shah Mehmood Qureshi in this regard. He said that it was in the interest of both countries to proceed through dialogue.

Turkey, in a firmer stance, has categorically announced to stand by Pakistan and its people in the pace of Indian aggression. Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavusoglu expressed the sentiments during his telephonic conversation with Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi on Wednesday, February 27.

Sharing details of his talk, Shah Mahmood Qureshi in an interview today said that the Turkish Foreign Minister also declared to oppose if the Indian External Affairs Minister was given an opportunity to speak at the upcoming OIC meeting in Abu Dhabi.

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The Foreign Minister said that the UN Secretary-General also telephoned him and while expressing concern over the current situation assured to play his role in whatever way and manner he could.

The OIC, EU, and Germany have also expressed grave concerns and asked India and Pakistan to take up dialogue instead of military aggression. As Pakistan India tensions heightened, Iran, who had blamed Pakistan for an internal attack a day prior to Prince Muhammad Bin Salman’s investment conference in Pakistan earlier this month, also advised caution to both countries.

“Iran, as one of the victims of terrorism, believes that comprehensive and indiscriminate cooperation of all world countries is the only way to fight with terrorism and extremism,” Foreign Minister Qasemi said in a press brief.

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PM Imran Khan addressed the nation and said that Pakistan has once again resorted to dialogue and wishes to de-escalate tensions amid the neighboring countries. With the Indian track record of backing out of the dialogue, especially in the preview of the much-hyped Indian elections, it is yet to be seen if Modi-led BJP government will change its tact.