'India is risking regional peace for electoral gains': FM Qureshi tells Pompeo

Updated February 26, 2019

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Qureshi and Pompeo exchange views about peace in the region. — Photos courtesy AFP
Qureshi and Pompeo exchange views about peace in the region. — Photos courtesy AFP

Following the Indian Air Force's (IAF) violation of the Line of Control (LoC) on Tuesday, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, in a telephonic conversation, told US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo that India is putting the regional peace and stability at risk in pursuit of its political and electoral targets.

According to the Foreign Office (FO), Qureshi told Pompeo that Indian aggression was worthy of condemnation and hoped that the United States would play its role in the situation.

The foreign minister apprised Pompeo about India's LoC violations as well as the emotions of Pakistani government, parliament and the people.

Indian military planes had violated the LoC, intruding from the Muzaffarabad sector, Director-General Inter-Services Public Relations Major-General Asif Ghafoor said on his official Twitter account early on Tuesday.

"Pakistan desires regional peace and stability but we cannot compromise on our stability," Qureshi told his American counterpart.

He said that Islamabad had already informed the international community about New Delhi's intentions following the Pulwama attack. However, he said that Pakistan had adopted an "extremely responsible attitude" despite threats from India.

Qureshi told Pompeo that the joint peace efforts in Afghanistan could be affected by India's aggression.

Earlier in the day, while addressing a press conference on the Indian LoC violations, the foreign minister had announced that Pakistan would engage international leadership on the matter.

Qureshi also spoke with the Secretary General of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Dr Yusuf Ahmad Al-Othaimeen, over the phone.

The foreign minister told the OIC secretary general that India's LoC violation was "extremely condemnable". He called on the OIC as well as other member states to condemn the Indian aggression on Pakistan's behalf.

"India is intruding in Pakistan and also oppressing the helpless Kashmiris," Qureshi told Al-Othaimeen, adding that inviting India to the OIC meeting would not be acceptable to Pakistan under such circumstances.