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FM Qureshi meets High Commissioner Sohail Mahmood, discusses Pulwama incident

Published on – February 19, 2019 – 3:59 pm
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ISLAMABAD– Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi on Tuesday met Pakistan’s High Commissioner to India Sohail Mahmood in Islamabad.


ISLAMABAD– Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi on Tuesday met Pakistan’s High Commissioner to India Sohail Mahmood in Islamabad.

During the meeting, they exchanged views on overall security situation of the region in particular context of Indian allegations against Pakistan over the Pulwama incident.

The foreign minister said, “We are seriously reviewing the emerging situation and I have written a letter to the UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres apprising him about the situation.”

He said that Pakistan wants peace in the region as unrest and chaos would not serve any one’s interest.

It is to be mentioned here that Pakistan’s High Commissioner to India Sohail Mahmood is in Islamabad for consultations after Pulwama incident.


India threatens to isolate Pakistan at international level


Earlier, Indian government had blamed Pakistan for Pulwama attack and threatened to isolate it at international level.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said those behind the terror attack would pay a “very heavy price” and had made a “huge mistake”.

Union Minister Arun Jaitley said they will take all possible diplomatic steps to ensure “complete isolation” of Pakistan and has withdrawn Most Favoured Nation status to the country.


Pulwama attack


At least 44 Indian paramilitary soldiers were killed on Thursday in Indian-occupied Kashmir in one the deadliest attacks. The attack saw explosives packed inside a van rip through buses in a convoy of 78 vehicles carrying some 2,500 members of the paramilitary CRPF.

Two blue buses carrying around 35 people each bore the brunt of the massive blast, heard miles away, around 20 kilometres (12 miles) from the city of Srinagar on the main highway to Jammu.

Kashmir has been divided between India and Pakistan since independence. Rebels have been fighting for an independent Kashmir, or a merger with Pakistan, for 30 years.

Last year was the deadliest in a decade, with rights monitors saying almost 600 Kashmiri people died, most of them civilians. Thousands more have been maimed in recent years by pellet-firing shotguns used by Indian forces.