‘Kashmir resolution vital for regional peace’

‘Kashmir resolution vital for regional peace’
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PaK President Sardar Masood Khan has called upon theinternational community to help de-escalate tension between India and Pakistanand resolve the Kashmir issue, the root cause of their conflict.

Talking to a section of foreign press against the backdropof tensions triggered by the Pulwama attack in the Indian administered Kashmirlast month, Masood suggested a war between India and Pakistan must be avoidedby helping both the countries to resolve the underlying conflict of Jammu andKashmir.

According to a press release issued by the PaK PresidentialSecretariat on Sunday, he said, "The root cause of the Kashmir issue is thedenial of the right to self-determination of the Kashmiri people."War-mongering was not in the best interest of India or Pakistan, he added.

 "Whenever there's acrisis such as this, we go to the United Nations Security Council (UNSC). It isroutine, particularly when there are threats from India. It's the UNSC'sresponsibility to maintain peace. That's the first destination of any countrywhen there's a threat to peace and security," the PaK President stated.

He said the international community should step forward, broker peace and prevent a war, it was the least they could do. Both India and Pakistan, he said, were nuclear armed and any small-scale conflicts could potentially escalate to the nuclear threshold, which had to be averted at all costs. AGENCIES

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