US Says It Stands With India in Fighting Terrorism


White House national security adviser John Bolton said on Monday that Pakistan's foreign minister has assured him Islamabad is committed to de-escalating tensions with India and dealing "firmly" with terrorists, after a recent suicide attack on an Indian paramilitary convoy claimed by Pakistan-based militants. He also appreciated Pakistan's "quick release" of Indian pilot Abhinandan and said the move had helped deescalate tensions between the two countries.

"A war frenzy generated for political considerations", Qureshi said.

"Pakistan has never been shy of dialogue", he declared and added that voices within India were also insisting that Kashmiri leadership and people should be engaged. "We believe that Kashmir requires immediate solution and both sides can contribute in resolving the long standing concerning situation in South Asia", he added.

Qureshi added, that the priorities of the government are clear. However, the armed forces eliminated the menace of terrorism and extremism, while the national leadership reached a consensus to launch the National Action Plan (NAP). He further said that he had a meeting with the Indian foreign minister as well where he had stressed the need for a peaceful solution to the Kashmir dispute.

Qureshi said that being an important stakeholder in Afghan peace process, Pakistan wanted a "responsible" withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan.

Commenting on relations with India, he said Prime Minister Imran Khan, after assuming the charge, offered New Delhi an olive branch and asked for a meeting of the foreign ministers of both the countries on the sidelines of UN General Assembly to resolve all outstanding issues between the two countries through dialogue.

He continued, "When Prime Minister Imran Khan came into power six months ago he inherited a lot of challenges, including corruption and other socio-economic ills, which had to be overcome".

The report didn't specify the type of jets flown by Pakistan. "We are making efforts for peace in Afghanistan". Maas lauded Pakistan's efforts to arrange talks between the United States and Afghan Taliban so the parties could find a solution to a 17-year-old conflict.