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WorldPakistan minister says ready to return pilot to ease India tension

11:56  28 february  2019
11:56  28 february  2019 Source:   reuters.com

U.N. urged to intervene as tensions spike between nuclear-armed neighbors

U.N. urged to intervene as tensions spike between nuclear-armed neighbors The neighbors have fought three wars since 1947. Control of Kashmir is split between the two countries but each claims the region in full. The neighbors have fought three wars since 1947, two of them over Kashmir. They have fought countless skirmishes along their de facto border, which the United Nations monitors, in the Himalayan region.

Pakistan ’s Prime Minister Imran Khan is also willing to talk to Indian premier Narendra Modi “to extend an invitation of peace,” the top diplomat said . The Indian side is yet to respond to the offer. Claiming Islamabad has been calling for peace since the outbreak of hostilities, Qureshi said , “If India wants to

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Pakistan minister says ready to return pilot to ease India tension © Anjum Naveed/AP Photo Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, right, gives a press conference with Defense Minister Pervez Khattak after an Indian airstrike, in Islamabad, Pakistan, Feb. 26, 2019.

ISLAMABAD, Feb 28 (Reuters) - Pakistan would be prepared to return the Indian pilot shot down and captured this week if it helped ease the crisis with its neighbour, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi told Pakistani television station Geo TV on Thursday.

"We are willing to return the captured Indian pilot if it leads to de-escalation," he was quoted as saying.

He also said the Saudi foreign minister was expected to visit Pakistan with a special message from Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, who visited both Pakistan and India earlier this month.

(Reporting by James Mackenzie; Editing by Simon Cameron-Moore)

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