The Pakistan Foreign Minister, Mr. Shah Mahmood Qureshi, has said the only way for Pakistan and India to move forward is through dialogue. He underlined that major international players have a responsibility towards ensuring strategic stability in the South Asian region.
He told the National Conference on Strategic Stability in South Asia, that recent events were a 'reminder of the heavy responsibility' that both countries have to bear in working towards addressing the 'underlying challenges' to strategic stability in the region. They need to commit to a peaceful environment that 'is conducive to the socio-economic development and welfare of the people.'
Tensions flared up after a suicide bomber of Jaish-e-Muhammed (JeM) killed 40 CRPF personnel in Pulwama district.
Mr. Qureshi said that the South Asian security environment is in a 'state of flux' and Pakistan expects the outside players to be mindful of their responsibility in terms of arms supplies to the region. He hoped key players would recognise the need for objective and even handed approach which is not tainted by considerations of geo political dominance and defining new regional security paradigms.