Qureshi Briefs Pompeo, Others on India’s Air Strikes Inside Pak

Pakistan's Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi spoke to US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and other foreign diplomats Tuesday and apprised them about the Line of Control "violation" by the Indian jets.

In his telephonic conversation with Pompeo, Qureshi said India is "jeopardising the peace in South Asia for its political purposes and elections", state-run Radio Pakistan reported.

He said that Pakistan is desirous of peace in the region, but will not compromise on its territorial integrity.

Qureshi told Pompeo that the Indian "aggression can disturb joint efforts to establish peace in Afghanistan" as he expressed hope that US will play its role in the region.

India bombed and destroyed Jaish-e-Mohammed's (JeM) biggest training camp in Balakot in Pakistan's restive Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, about 80-km from the Line of Control (LoC), early Tuesday, killing a "very large number" of terrorists, trainers and senior commanders.

The air strikes came 12 days after the JeM carried out a suicide attack in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama district that killed 40 CRPF soldiers.

Last week, US National Security Adviser John Bolton told his Indian counterpart Ajit Doval that America supports India's right to self-defence as both sides vowed to work together to ensure that Pakistan ceases to be a safe heaven for JeM and other terror groups.

Qureshi also briefed the members of the diplomatic corps about the Indian "violation" of Pakistan's sovereignty and territorial integrity.

The Foreign Office said in a statement that the foreign minister "strongly rebutted the Indian purported claims of having targeted a large terrorist camp and resultant causalities is completely absurd and is based on a false narrative designed to placate domestic audience."

He said that Pakistan reserves its right to respond against Indian "aggression."

(Published in an arrangement with PTI)

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