Prime Minister Imran Khan on Saturday said that Pakistan always stands for peace and is ready to move forward to resolve all outstanding issues with India through dialogue.
The Prime Minister congratulated the nation and saluted the Armed Forces on the second anniversary of the country’s response to India’s illegal and reckless military strikes against Pakistan. “As a proud and confident nation, we responded with determination at the time and place of our choice,” he said in a tweet.
Imran Khan said, “We also showed the responsibility of the world to Pakistan in the face of India’s irresponsible military hostility by returning the arrested Indian pilot.”
He welcomed the resumption of ceasefire along the Line of Control between Pakistan and India. “It is up to India to create a conducive environment for further progress,” he said, stressing the need to meet the long-standing demands of the Kashmiri people and their right to self-determination in accordance with UN security. Therefore, India will have to take necessary steps. Council resolutions.
On February 27, 2019, a day after the Balakot attack by the Afghan army, the Pakistan Air Force retaliated and in the ensuing air strike, two Indian aircraft – a MIG-21 and an SU-30 – were shot down. He was shot dead. A plane and its pilot wing commander Abhinandan were captured after crashing in Azad Kashmir. Islamabad released the pilot after a day in jail.
The DGMOs of Pakistan and India agreed to implement the ceasefire, which came into force on February 25, on the disputed border between the two nuclear-armed neighbors. Both Islamabad and New Delhi announced a ceasefire on the LoC after a telephone conversation between senior military officials of the two countries.
Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said in a statement that the Director General of the Pak-India Army reviewed the situation in a free, independent and cordial manner with the LoC and all other sectors. A statement issued by the ISPR the day before said that the two DGs of the military operations had made hotline contacts to achieve “mutually beneficial and lasting peace”. It said they had agreed to address each other’s fundamental issues and concerns, which were predicted to disturb the peace and lead to violence. The two sides strongly agreed on all agreements, understandings and ceasefires on the LOC and all other areas, which came into force at midnight on 24/25 February. Pakistan and India reiterated that flag meetings would be used to resolve any unforeseen situation or misunderstanding of the existing hotline communication and border mechanisms.
This rare joint statement has come against the backdrop of deteriorating relations between the two countries since the Pulwama incident in February 2019. After years of tension between the two nuclear-armed neighbors, the meltdown is seen as a major breakthrough. It came just days before the second anniversary of the Balakot incident and the retaliatory action by Pakistan that brought the two countries to the brink of war. Calm diplomacy between the two countries is being blamed for the removal of responsibilities.
Observers believe that the Indian government’s willingness to agree to a ceasefire could be linked to months of tensions with China. Although India and China recently separated from Lake Penonggong in the Ladakh region, tensions between the two countries remain high. It is believed that by reducing tensions along the LoC, India wants to focus on the Line of Actual Control (LAC) with China.
Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi had also said on Saturday that Pakistan wanted to resolve its issues with India through peaceful talks and the desired solution to the Kashmir issue in accordance with UN Security Council resolutions. In a televised statement, he said, “We have to find a solution to our fundamental issues. We have to find a way through peaceful dialogue.” He added that Pakistan wants dialogue with India but it wants the Kashmiris. It cannot ignore human rights violations and wants to discuss the Kashmir issue in accordance with UN Security Council resolutions.
The Minister said that Pakistan did not have any offensive design but if Balakot is repeated then Pakistan knows how to defend itself. He said that Pulwama’s drama was staged and the conversations and WhatsApp messages of Goswami and Das Gupta showed that it was planned and had political motives.
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