China urges utmost restraint

Published January 2, 2002

BEIJING, Jan 1: China on Monday urged Pakistan and India to show “utmost restraint” to keep border tensions from spinning out of control.

Foreign Minister Tang Jiaxuan delivered the message in phone calls to his Pakistani and Indian counterparts.

Tang said conflict between the two countries could hurt peace talks in Afghanistan as well as threaten regional stability, the China Daily newspaper and the website of the Communist Party newspaper, People’s Daily, said.

“It is in the interests of both Pakistan and India ... to exercise the utmost restraint and to ease their tensions as soon as possible,” Tang was quoted as telling Foreign Minister Abdul Sattar.

Peace in the region is key to the “smooth progress of the political solution of the Afghan issue”, Tang was quoted as telling Singh.

The report quoted both Sattar and Singh as saying they hoped for a negotiated settlement.

Tang also said China looks forward to a successful outcome to the SAARC summit.—APP

Opinion

Editorial

Skyrocketing prices
Updated 03 Jul, 2022

Skyrocketing prices

Some sellers are seeking to take advantage of the prevailing disorder by creating artificial shortages or jacking up prices.
Flooding alert
03 Jul, 2022

Flooding alert

THE Gilgit-Baltistan government has issued an alert about the possible flooding of areas along river banks and...
Assaulting journalists
03 Jul, 2022

Assaulting journalists

ANOTHER day, another citizen roughed up for speaking his mind. The assault on veteran journalist Ayaz Amir by...
Uncertainty remains in Punjab
Updated 02 Jul, 2022

Uncertainty remains in Punjab

With the latest verdict, the judiciary seems to have unintentionally entered the political arena, which is not desirable.
Turbulence in tech
02 Jul, 2022

Turbulence in tech

THE party seems to have cooled considerably for the Pakistani start-up scene. With some of the world’s biggest...
Environmental cost
02 Jul, 2022

Environmental cost

THE collective impact of climate-disaster-health hazards are already taking a huge toll on Pakistan’s fragile...