‘India’s aggression’ could jeopardize Afghan peace process: Pakistan’ Qureshi tells US’ Mike Pompeo following IAF’s strike in Balakot

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Following Indian Air Force’s (IAF) strike over Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) camps in Balakot, Pakistan’s foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said that Afghanistan peace process is at stake due to India’s aggression, during a telephonic conversation with United States secretary of state Mike Pompeo on Tuesday.

According to news reports, Qureshi told Pompeo that India is putting Islamabad’s regional peace and stability at risk which the country desires but could not compromise on their stability.

According to Pakistan foreign office (FO), Qureshi told Pompeo that the aggression shown by India yesterday was worthy of condemnation and that he hoped that the United States will play its very important role in this situation.

Qureshi apprised Pompeo about the IAF’s violation at the LoC as well as the emotions and concerns of the Pakistani government, citizens and parliament.

Qureshi told his US counterpart, “Pakistan desires regional peace and stability but we cannot compromise on our stability.” He said Islamabad has already informed the international community about India’s intention towards Pakistan following the recent Pulwama terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir, responsibility claimed by Jaish-e-Mohammed terror organization, led by Masood Azhar.

Pulwama terror attack was a suicide bombing attack on Indian paramilitary bus which has claimed the lives of about 44 CRPF personnel on February 14.

However, Qureshi said Pakistan has already adopted an “extremely responsible attitude” despite threats from New Delhi. He claimed that the joint Afghan peace efforts can be affected due to India’s aggression.

 

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