Pakistan facing `challenging situation` along eastern and western frontiers: Foreign Minister Qureshi

Cheryl Sanders
March 14, 2019

The next day, Pakistan Air Force retaliated and downed a MiG-21 in an aerial combat and captured Indian pilot, who was handed over to India on March 1. "Obviously, fighting terrorism is a global challenge, a regional challenge and Pakistan has taken a lot of steps in that direction", he said.

"The FM assured me that Pakistan would deal firmly with all terrorists and will continue steps to de-escalate tensions with India", he said. "Pakistan has never shied of dialogue", he remarked.

"Pakistan is a peace loving nation but if subjected to aggression by adversary, we would respond with full force", the PAF statement quoted Anwar as saying. In response to a question, he said that the German government acknowledged Pakistan's efforts towards deescalation.

Qureshi also said that three German political foundations, that had "not been able to work in Pakistan" earlier, would now be able to launch operate in the country as both sides had "amicably" resolved the issues due to which the operations of the organisations were being hindered.

"Pakistan is playing an important role in Afghanistan, being a responsible regional country also, we think that Afghan government has to be part of the process for a sustainable peace in the region", he added. Such an assurance was given by the Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi during a call with the US National Security Adviser, John Bolton, the latter said in a tweet.

Qureshi said "progress has been made" at ongoing peace talks in Qatar between the Taliban and the U.S. that have stretched over two weeks.

Qureshi added, that the priorities of the government are clear.

The Foreign Minister also informed Mr. Bolton that Pakistan's High Commissioner to India had returned to Delhi after consultations. He expressed the confidence that this will encourage others to come and invest in Pakistan. "All the parliamentary leaders will be invited to the Foreign Office to develop consensus on this [implementation of NAP] matter", he added.

"They noted the strength of our partnership and discussed ways to further enhance cooperation, including on counter-terrorism", Palladino said.

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