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India, Pak can only move forward through talks: FM Qureshi

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Pakistan's Shah Mehmood on Wednesday (local time) underlined that the only way for and to move forward is through talks.

said that requires a "willing and constructive partner to tackle the myriad daunting challenges" that the region is facing.

"A peaceful neighbourhood is an essential condition to build prosperous societies," The Dawn quoted as saying while addressing a National Conference on Strategic Stability in here.

Amid the already strained tensions between and Pakistan, Qureshi said that both the nations should work towards addressing the "underlying challenges" to strategic stability in the region.

Citing the example of issue, which has remained unresolved for over 70 years, Qureshi stressed that any conflict resolution plays a crucial role in ensuring a successful strategic stability arrangement in the region.

"It (issue) lies at the heart of every crisis between and India, including the events in February," Qureshi said while referring to the aerial dogfight between the two nations in the wake of the Pulwama attack.

Tensions between and sparked following the February 14 Pulwama terror attack in Forty CRPF personnel had lost their lives in the attack that was claimed responsibility by Pakistan-based (JeM) terror group.

The incident provoked international condemnation and pressure on Pakistan, urging it to intensify its crackdown on terror groups operating from its soil.

On February 26, India launched an air strike at a JeM training camp in Balakot in Pakistan in retaliation to the Pulwama attack. The Balakot airstrike was followed by a dogfight between Indian and Pakistani air forces in which a Pakistani jet and an Indian fighter plane were shot down.

Wing was captured by Pakistani authorities but was released on March 1 as a "peace of gesture", according to Pakistan

Meanwhile, Qureshi called on the need for a peaceful environment contributing to socio-economic development and welfare of the people in the region.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Thu, April 11 2019. 07:10 IST
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