Address Global Concerns On Cross-Border Terror: India, US To Pakistan

Pakistan       by Associated Press of Pakistan | Published

Pakistan by Associated Press of Pakistan | Published

The Prime Minister apprised the German Foreign Minister on the current regional situation, including India and Afghanistan as well as the steps taken by his government towards de-escalation.

ISLAMABAD: German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas called on Prime Minister Imran Khan Tuesday at the PM office.

Earlier in the day, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi highlighted the anti-terrorism measures taken by Pakistan in accordance with the National Action Plan (NAP) that was formulated following the "horrific" massacre in Army Public School (APS), Peshawar in 2014.

Mr. Qureshi said that Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan chose to hand over the Indian Air Force pilot as a gesture of goodwill towards India.

Qureshi also expressed his gratitude to European Union and European Parliament for their support to Pakistan, saying that EU's High Representative on Foreign Affairs Federica Mogherini would arrive in Islamabad on March 26 and they would sign several accords on Pak-EU strategic cooperation.

Pakistan wished peace and stability in the region, he was quoted as telling the US National Security Adviser.

During talks between Gokhale and Pompeo, the United States continued to maintain pressure on Pakistan, according to a readout of the meeting issued by the State Department.

The State Department said the diplomats spoke of "the urgency of Pakistan taking meaningful action against terrorist groups operating on its soil".

He said that Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf has been elected on the agenda of change and the people will see change by the end of the tenure of the present government.

Addressing the Business Leaders Summit in Islamabad, the foreign minister said, "We have a challenging situation on the western front in Afghanistan and we have a situation brewing on the eastern front".

"Recognizing that the U.S. and India share complementary visions for the Indo-Pacific, they agreed to deepen cooperation toward their joint goals in the region, including in conjunction with other Indo-Pacific partners", the State Department said.

In the dogfight, one F-16 fighter of Pakistan Air Force was shot down by the Indian Air Force, which also lost a MiG-21 Bison plane.

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