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Pakistan will not allow its soil to be used against anyone, says DG ISPR

Pakistan will not allow its soil to be used against anyone, says DG ISPR

Director-General of Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor on Sunday said that with reference to any country, Pakistan believes that any tension in the region is against peace efforts.

Quoting Prime Minister Imran Khan and Chief of Army Staff General (COAS) Qamar Javed Bajwa, Ghafoor told ARY News: "We will not allow our soil to be used against anyone."

He quoted the premier as saying: "Pakistan will not be party to anyone or anything but will be a partner of peace and peace alone."

Maj Gen Ghafoor, in reply to a question regarding the killing of Iran's Major General Qasem Soleimani in a US strike on Friday, said the regional situation had been altered.

Gen Bajwa in a call with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had emphasised the "need for maximum restraint and constructive engagement" following the killing of Soleimani.

The Foreign Office via a statement had also expressed "deep concern" over the tensions, urging all sides to exercise restraint.

"Pakistan has viewed with deep concern the recent developments in the Middle East, which seriously threaten peace and stability in the region," said the FO in a statement.

"Respect for sovereignty and territorial integrity are the fundamental principles of the UN Charter, which should be adhered to," the statement said, adding that it is "important to avoid unilateral actions and use of force".

The statement had urged all parties involved to "exercise maximum restraint, engage constructively to de-escalate the situation, and resolve issues through diplomatic means, in accordance with UN Charter and international law".

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