ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Wednesday said two nuclear-armed countries’ proceeding towards war was tantamount to committing suicide.
“Can two nuclear states look for a military solution to dispute? It will be mutually suicidal,” Shah Mahmood Qureshi said while addressing a ceremony held to commemorate the Indian aggression on Pakistani soil last year and Pakistan’s response to it.
He said all the institutions of Pakistan were on the same page. Governments come and go but the principle stance of the Pakistani state on Kashmir was unaltered, he maintained.
The foreign minister said on Feb 27 India committed war crime which was befittingly responded. Pakistan responded not to escalate the tension but to demonstrate firstly our resolve and secondly our capability, he added.
“My message to our neighbor is that do not think of any ill-considered misadventure, because if you will do we will respond immediately as our right to self-defence,” he warned adding that a peaceful neighbourhood was Pakistan’s desire.
On Afghan conflict, FM Qureshi said there was no military solution to the Afghan conflict. The only sensible way forward was a negotiated political settlement that had been your consistent view, he said.
“We are glad that there’s regional global convergence to this point of view today. It has evolved over years,” he said.
He said Pakistan had facilitated inclusive Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace process.