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Our region cannot afford another war says FM

Aizbah KhanWeb Editor

09th Jan, 2020. 10:51 pm
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Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi

Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said our region cannot afford a war while Pakistan is determined to play its positive role in reducing tensions between the United States and Iran.

According to the details, while speaking in a meeting of National Assembly Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs in Islamabad Foreign Minister said he is in contact with all key countries to deescalate situation in the Middle East.

Shah Mahmood Qureshi said in next month Prime Minister Imran Khan will visit Malaysia while Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will be visiting Pakistan.

Talking about grim situation in India, the Foreign Minister said Modi government has imposed discriminatory amendments which have curtailed rights of minorities.

Yesterday,  Prime Minister Imran Khan categorically stated that we are ready to play role for peace but Pakistan can never again be part of any war.

The Prime Minister tweeted that he has asked Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood  Qureshi to visit Iran, Kingdom Saudi Arabia & United State to meet with respective foreign ministers and Secretary of State.

The Premier Further said that He also asked Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qajar Bajwa to contact relevant military leaders to convey a clear message.

Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qajar Bajwa also received telephone call from US Secretary of Defence Mr Dr. Mark T. Esper.

Inter service Public Relations Tweeted that both the dignitaries discussed ongoing security situation in the Middle East.

Pakistan to not take sides in conflict between US and Iran, DG ISPR

The Secretary expressed that US doesn’t want to seek conflict, but will respond forcefully if necessary, ISPR stated.

In reply Army Cheif said “We would like situation to de-escalate & shall support all initiatives which bring peace in the region.We call upon all concerned to avoid rhetoric in favour of diplomatic engagement. We all have worked a lot to bring peace in the region by fighting against terrorism.”

“We will continue to play our constructive part towards success of Afghan reconciliation process so that it doesn’t get derailed and region goes towards conflict resolution instead of new conflicts”, COAS reiterated.

Iran fires ballistic missiles at U.S. troops in Iraq

On Wednesday, Iran launched 15 ballistic missiles against US targets in Iraq to retaliate Gen Qassem Soleimani’s killing by US drone strike.

Trump responds to Iran missile

United States (US) President Donald Trump has responded to Iran missile attack with a carefree statement.

Hour-after Iran’s attack at US troop bases in Iraq, President Donald Trump tweeted: “All is well”.

Trump, in his care-free reactionary statement said, “Casualty and damage assessments are ongoing”, but adds, “So far, so good!”.

“All is well! Missiles launched from Iran at two military bases located in Iraq. Assessment of casualties & damages taking place now. So far, so good! We have the most powerful and well equipped military anywhere in the world, by far! I will be making a statement tomorrow morning,” Trump Tweeted.

Iran’s claim

Iran claimed that at least eighty Americans are reportedly killed during Iran missile attacks on US targets.

According to Iranian media, 80 people killed during Iran missile attacks on US targets in Iraq.

Iranian state television said none of Iran’s missiles that attacked US targets intercepted.

Iran launched 15 missiles against US troops at two Iraqi military bases, Iranian state TV said.

Iranian state television, citing an informed source, said that Iran has 100 other targets in its sights if US takes any retaliatory measures.

According to Iranian army, US must withdraw its troops from the Middle East

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