Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi has urged the Trump administration to convince India to resolve its issues with Pakistan through talks if it wants peace in the region.
“US could play a role and they know the situation in Kashmir is bad,” Qureshi told SAMAA TV. “Human rights violations have risen in Kashmir.”
The foreign minister spoke with his US counterpart Michael Pompeo over the telephone on Tuesday and told him that Pakistan wants a meaningful dialogue with India.
“The world wants it too,” he added. “India is a hurdle and if the world could play a role then they should.”
Qureshi said that Secretary Pompeo admitted that Pakistan’s decision to release Indian pilot Abhinandan was a wise move and it was appreciated across the world.
“Pakistan’s move to release the Indian pilot helped de-escalate the situation between the two countries,” the Pakistani foreign minister quoted Pompeo as saying.
“Armed forces have their own responsibilities and they fulfilled them in a professional manner,” he said, adding that we should be ready for any adventure.
It is the policy of the government to resolve all issues through dialogue, Qureshi said, adding that dialogue with Delhi until the elections in India “doesn’t look possible”.
Secretary Pompeo acknowledged Pakistan’s positive role in the Afghan peace process, Qureshi said, adding that he was told by the US secretary of the state that US Special Representative Zalmay Khalilzad is coming to Islamabad soon and he will inform the Pakistani authorities about the latest developments in Afghanistan.