Defusing tensions with India: Pakistan government plans another step

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Defusing tensions with India: Pakistan government plans another step

ISLAMABAD - Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has revealed that it has been decided that government will write letters to British House of Commons and European Parliament to apprise them of the prevailing situation and Pakistan's efforts to defuse the situation.

He has said that the Armed Forces of Pakistan have proved that they can fully defend the country against any external aggression.

Addressing a news conference along with Governor Punjab Chaudhry Mohammad Sarwar in Lahore on Saturday evening, he said that Pakistan has shown its capability and firm resolve for self-defence.

Shah Mahmood Qureshi said Pakistan's preference is peace and it does not want war. He said the country is actively taking steps to deescalate the situation.

Shah Mahmood Qureshi said a large segment of Indian media is creating war hype. However, he said, millions of people in India want peace and it is only a small segment of population in the neighboring country that is promoting war hysteria.

Foreign Minister appreciated the role of Pakistani media for cautiously and responsibly reporting the current standoff between the two countries.

He said Saudi Foreign Minister will visit both Pakistan and India to talk to the leadership of both countries in an attempt to de-escalate the situation.

The Minister said Pakistan believes in resolving the issues through diplomacy.

To a question he said Indian authorities failed to protect the life of Pakistani prisoner Shakirullah.

Replying another question, Shah Mahmood Qureshi said decision to not attend the OIC's Council of Foreign Ministers meeting in Abu Dhabi was made after consultation with all political parties.