Luxembourg offers mediation to de-escalate tensions b/w Pak and India

Luxembourg offers mediation to de-escalate tensions b/w Pak and India

Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said Pakistan has demonstrated restraint despite Indian intrusions.

Talking to his Luxemburg counterpart Jean Asselborn, in Islamabad on Thursday, he apprised the visiting dignitary about the prevailing situation in the region and India's ongoing atrocities in Occupied Kashmir against innocent Kashmiris struggling for their right to self-determination.

Luxemburg Foreign Minister lauded Pakistan's role in talks between the United States and Afghan Taliban.

The two sides agreed to enhance present bilateral relations in economic, trade and other sectors.

Addressing a joint news conference following delegation level talks with his Luxemburg counterpart Jean Asselborn in Islamabad today, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said that Pakistan desires to further promote its bilateral relations with European Union in diverse fields. Shah Mehmood Qureshi said both sides held useful talks to promote relations in trade, economy, health, infrastructure, gem, jewelry and other sectors.

The Foreign Minister said both sides also exchanged views to reduce recent tension between Pakistan and India.

Speaking on the occasion, Luxemburg Foreign Minister made mediation offer to de-escalate the situation. He asked the two countries to start dialogue for the solution of all outstanding issues including Jammu and Kashmir.

He said we highly welcome the Pakistani peace gesture of releasing Indian pilot to reduce the tension. He said no one wants to see conflict between the two countries.

Jean Asselborn said dialogue is the only way forward for the solution of Afghan issue. He said peace in Afghanistan is also in the interest of Pakistan.

Shah Mehmood Qureshi , welcoming the Luxemburg offer of mediation, said Pakistan has already asked the international community including United Nations to play its role of mediation between Pakistan and India. He said Pakistan always welcomed the third party mediation while India always rejected it.

Addressing a reception hosted in honour of foreign ambassadors posted in Islamabad, Shah Mahmood Qureshi said the foreign envoys can play a great role in promoting bilateral relations.

He also urged the Pakistani envoys abroad to hilight Pakistan's foreign policy objectives in an effective manner.

The Foreign Minister said Parliamentary friendship Group can play a very useful role in boosting relations with the world countries.

In his address, Speaker National Assembly Assad Qaisar said we want to promote partnership with sister parliaments across the world.

Referring to the recent tension between Pakistan and india, he said Prime Minister Imran Khan offered a hand of friendship to India and his gesture of opening Ksrtarpur Corridor reflects his vision for peace and stability in the region.

He, however, regretted that this offer was not reciprocated by |India.

Assad Qaisar said gross human rights violations in Occupied Kashmir are not hidden from anybody. He said that India wants Kashmir but without Kashmiris.

The Speaker reaffirmed Pakistan's commitment to the just and ligitimate struggle of Kashmiri people for their right to self-determinaiton.

He said we want to resolve all disputes with India through dialogue.