Pakistan, UAE Foreign Ministers discuss situation arising after Kashmir attack

Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mahmoor Qureshi and UAE's Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed contacted over the phone – (Photo by Pakistan’s Foreign Office)
Updated 23 February 2019

Pakistan, UAE Foreign Ministers discuss situation arising after Kashmir attack

  • Pakistan’s FM briefed his UAE counterpart on the situation after Pulwama attack
  • UAE FM underscored the need for dialogue between India and Pakistan to resolve issues, FO statement

ISLAMABAD: UAE's Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed contacted Pakistan counterpart Shah Mahmood Qureshi via phone and discussed the bilateral and regional situation, Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement of Friday night.

Briefing the UAE Foreign Minister on the situation after Pulwama attack in Indian Kashmir, that killed over 40 paramilitary troops and policemen,  FM Qureshi said that Pakistan had asked India to share actionable information enabling Pakistan to help in the investigation.

According to the statement UAE Foreign Minister underscored the need for dialogue between India and Pakistan to resolve all outstanding issues.

FM Qureshi told his UAE counterpart that he is looking forward to attend the OIC Foreign Minister’s conference in Abu Dhabi next month.

Earlier on Friday in a letter to President of UN Security Council Pakistan’s Foreign Minister had said that the prevalent situation poses direct threat to global peace and security.

He said immediately after the Pulwama attack in India Kashmir on 14th of this month, India began accusing Pakistan without any investigation and New Delhi started threatening Pakistan of retaliation. 

“It is with the sense of urgency that I draw your attention to the deteriorating security situation in our region resulting from Indian belligerence and threats of use of the force against Pakistan. The situation is a threat to international peace and security,” Shah Mahmood Qureshi’s letter to UNSC President reads


Pakistan army denies reports of joint border patrols with Iran

Updated 09 December 2019

Pakistan army denies reports of joint border patrols with Iran

  • Patrolling operations on respective sides are conducted by respective forces, military spokesman says
  • Last month, army chief visited Tehran for security talks

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan army spokesperson on Monday rejected media reports suggesting that Pakistani and Iranian security forces conducted joint border patrolling.
“News published by Dawn today ('Pak-Iran Forces jointly conduct border patrolling') is factually incorrect,” Director-General Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), Maj. Gen. Asif Ghafoor, said in a tweet.
He added that “there is no joint patrolling anywhere on Pakistani borders” as “patrolling operations if required are always on respective sides by respective forces through coordination.”

The English-language daily reported earlier on the day that Pakistan and Iran had conducted another joint patrol on the border near Taftan town in Chagai district, Balochistan.
Soon after Ghafoor's comment, Dawn's editor Zaffar Abbas clarified that “the confusion was caused by the official news agency APP, as the picture caption said ‘joint patrolling.’ Radio Pak also tweeted the same. But we will be carrying out correction in light of your statement.”

Border security has long been a major cause of distrust in Pakistan-Iran relations. 
In April, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani announced that the two countries would form a joint quick-reaction force to combat militant activity on their shared border, following a deadly attack on Pakistani security personnel on the coastal highway in southwestern Balochistan, where 14 soldiers lost their lives.
On Nov. 18, Pakistan army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa visited Tehran for security talks with Iran's political leadership and military leadership.
In May this year, Pakistan began the fencing of certain areas along the 950-kilometer border it shares with Iran.