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Monday, 04 March 2019 16:24

Pakistan warns focus can shift from Afghanistan border to border with India


The border standoff between India and Pakistan has showed signs of easing followed several tense days between the two nations.

Yesterday, UK PM Theresa May emphasised the importance of Pakistan taking action against all terrorist groups in a call with Prime Minister Imran Khan.

Pakistan and India both carried out aerial bombing missions last week and Pakistan returned a captured pilot to India on Friday.

The US is attempting to prevent further simmering tension between the two countries.

A Pakistani official in Washington has warned there is a "very strong likelihood" that Pakistani troops would be moved from the border with Afghanistan to reinforce positions near India amid simmering tensions.

Pakistan's UN Ambassador Maleeha Lodhi also said that Islamabad's focus could completely shift to its eastern border with India.

She said: "If the crisis with India continues, Pakistan will be obliged to keep our entire focus on our Eastern border. That may affect our efforts on our Western front.

The Pakistani official in Washington said Pakistan had not been focused on Afghanistan since tensions with India increased last month, and it would have implications for peace talks.

Darul Ihsan Media Desk

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