USNS advisor lauds Pakistan’s role in de-escalating tension

USNS advisor lauds Pakistan’s role in de-escalating tension

ISLAMABAD: United States National Security (USNS) Advisor, Ambassador John Bolton, appreciating Pakistan’s measures in deescalating tension during recent ‘Pak-India crisis’ has urged for continued restraint on both sides.

He said this during a telephonic call to Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi while discussing regional security situation following the Pulwama incident.

The purpose of the call was to get Pakistan’s perspective on the recent regional developments, a foreign Office press release said. Foreign Minister Qureshi said Indian aggression of February 26, was a violation of Pakistan’s territorial integrity and sovereignty as well as the UN Charter.

He also said Pakistan’s response on February 27, was purely in self-defence against external aggression. He informed about the de-escalatory measures taken by Pakistan.

He said Prime Minister Imran Khan decided to hand over the Indian pilot as a gesture of goodwill towards India.

Pakistan wished peace and stability in the region. Pakistan’s high commissioner to New Delhi had also returned to Delhi after consultations.

Pakistan would send an official delegation to India on March 14, to discuss the agreement on the operationalization of the Kartarpur Corridor.

Pakistan was also ready to continue weekly contacts at the military operations directorate level.

Ambassador John Bolton said he and Secretary of State Pompeo, despite being actively engaged in talks with DPRK in Hanoi, monitored the developments between India and Pakistan and kept contact with the leadership of two countries to ensure that the security situation in the South Asia region did not deteriorate.

The need for dialogue between Pakistan and India to find peaceful resolution to all outstanding disputes was also emphasized. The foreign minister cautioned against any Indian misadventure, keeping in view the forthcoming elections.

Ambassador Bolton concurred. Ambassador Bolton also appreciated Pakistan’s important role in the Afghan peace process. Both leaders agreed to work together to pursue the process.