ISLAMABAD: Overseas Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi on Thursday stated Pakistan wishes peace and “by no means desires to escalate” amid hovering tensions with India.
Chatting with CNN’s Christiane Amanpour, Qureshi stated Pakistan will likely be “open to any step that results in de-escalation.”
“Pakistan by no means desires to escalate,” the overseas minister stated, terming the latest border tensions as “critical” and emphasising that India attacked Pakistan when it violated its airspace.
“The scenario actually was critical, when India attacked Pakistan, once they violated our airspace and dropped bombs in Pakistan, once they violated the UN constitution, once they violated worldwide regulation and undertook the act of aggression. This was critical… Indian air drive is absolutely mobilised, Pakistan air drive is absolutely mobilised… How harmful can or not it’s?”
Qureshi stated Prime Minister Imran Khan’s announcement to free Indian pilot Abhinandan, who was captured by Pakistani troops when his plane was shot down, was a “goodwill gesture and must be an expression of Pakistan’s willingness to de-escalate.”
“We’re prepared handy him over as quickly as potential … maybe tomorrow [Friday],” he confirmed.
Requested if he might envision an all-out conflict between the 2 nuclear-armed rivals, Qureshi stated he hoped not as that might be a “mutual suicide.”
“Pakistan by no means desires to escalate, by no means desires to be in a hostile place. From day one, when this authorities got here into workplace, PM Imran Khan supplied [to India] that if [they] take one step ahead, we are going to take two.”
The overseas minister stated that upon studying of Pulwama assault, the very first thing he did was to sentence the incident.
“When this tragic Pulwama incident came about, the very first thing I did was to sentence it, and condole. PM Imran made a really balanced, affordable supply that if [India] has actionable proof, it ought to share with Pakistan.”
Qureshi stated that the Imran Khan-led authorities desires peace and wishes to repair financial points.
“It is a new authorities, with a brand new mindset. We wish peace. We wish to think about fixing the financial system, eradicating corruption. We wish to see reconciliation in Afghanistan. We wish peace and stability within the area,” he harassed.
Each US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and the US Particular Consultant for Afghanistan reconciliation, Zalmay Khalilzad, have acknowledged Islamabad’s constructive position in regional and Afghan peace course of, Qureshi added.
Earlier in Geo Information’ programme Aaj Shahzeb Khanzada Kay Sath, the overseas minister lamented that there had been no response from India over Pakistan’s “goodwill gesture” to free the captured Indian pilot.
Pakistan, with its goodwill gesture, has conveyed a optimistic message to these in India who’re smart, he stated, including that he believed Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi was most likely hesitant and anxious that he would impression his place additional ought to he attempt contacting Pakistan.