Pak worry over US-Iran tensions

Pak worry over US-Iran tensions

Agency News

Pakistan has described the developments in the Persian Gulf as 'disturbing' and has asked all sides to show restraint as any miscalculated move could blow up into a large-scale conflict.

'The US decision to deploy aircraft carriers and bombers has added to the tensions and the existing precarious security situation there. We expect all sides to show restraint as a miscalculated move can transmute into a large-scale conflict,' the Foreign Office spokesman, Mr.  Mohammad Faisal said.

The issues between the two countries should be resolved through negotiations and war was not an option. Mr. Faisal said that the Prime Minister, Mr.  Imran Khan, is expected to participate in the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Heads of State meeting on June 13-14 in Bishkek, the Kyrgyzstan capital.

He said the Foreign Minister, Mr.  Shah Mehmood Qureshi, would pay an official visit to Bishkek from May 21 to 22 to participate in the SCO Meeting of the Council of Foreign Ministers. Mr. Faisal said that the issue of deportation of Pakistani nationals from US has been part of the bilateral agenda between the two countries for quite some time.

He said Pakistan’s position has been consistent that only those can be deported to Pakistan who have exhausted all legal remedies to stay in the US and have also been duly verified by the government of Pakistan as Pakistani nationals.

He confirmed that around 50 deported Pakistanis arrived in Islamabad on Wednesday. Mr. Faisal clarified that the interior ministry and Chinese Embassy were jointly working towards streamlining the procedures for marriages of Chinese and Pakistani nationals.

A probe was going on against those involved in fake marriages, he said  but there were no reports regarding trafficking of women from Pakistan for organ harvesting.