Tensions between India and Pakistan seem to be de-escalating: FM Qureshi

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ISLAMABAD: Tensions between nuclear-armed neighbours India and Pakistan appear to be de-escalating, said Foreign Minister Qureshi.

“The tension between India and Pakistan appear to be de-escalating,” said the foreign minister. “This is a positive development.”

Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi acknowledged the contribution by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in diffusing the volatile situation between India and Pakistan.

“Yes, I would like to say that private diplomacy worked,” he said. “I would like to thank the US secretary of state for his part in ensuring the conflict does not get out of hand.”

Shah Mehmood Qureshi thanked the ambassadors of China, Russia, Turkey, UAE and Jordan for playing their part in ensuring peace prevailed in crucial times.

The foreign minister said that to further ease the tensions between India and Pakistan, Islamabad would try to send the Pakistani high commissioner to India.

“We will also be sending a delegation to India to talk further about the Kartarpur corridor initiative,” he said.

Tensions reached an all-time high between India and Pakistan after 40 CRPF personnel were killed in a suicide attack in Pulwama.

The terror outfit Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM) claimed responsibility for the attack. India blamed Pakistan for harbouring JeM militants and giving safe haven to them.

Islamabad denied the accusations as New Delhi promised to take action. On February 26, IAF jets violated Pakistan’s airspace and fled after dropping their payload.

The next day, PAF jets struck targets within India and downed an Indian MiG Bison warplane and captured IAF pilot Abhinandan Varnathan.

Abhinandan Varnathan was released after being held captive for 68 hours. He was allowed to cross over into India via Wagah border.

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