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India and Pakistan should de-escalate, both militarily and verbally: Antonio Guterres

Visiting Pakistan, UN chief Antonio Guterres on Sunday said nuclear-armed neighbours India and Pakistan should “de-escalate, both militarily and verbally”.

While talking about Jammu and Kashmir and tensions along Line of Control, Guterres was quoted as saying by Dawn News that he was “deeply concerned”, adding that he has “repeatedly stressed the importance of exercising maximum restraint”.

“Diplomacy and dialogue remain the only tools that guarantee peace and stability with solutions in accordance with the Charter of United Nations and resolutions of the Security Council,” Guterres was quoted as saying by the Pakistan-based newspaper, adding that he has repeatedly “reiterated his offer to exercise my good offices should both sides ask.”

2019: India-Pakistan tie touches new low with Pulwama

India and Pakistan, the two nuclear armed nations, almost reached the brink of war following the terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama area on February 14 last year which led to the death of 40 Indian paramilitary force personnel. Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad terror group took responsibility for the attack.

Blaming the neighbouring nation for the terror attack, India carried out airstrikes on terror camps in Pakistan.

The tension between the two nations heightened on Feb 26 when Indian fighter jets moved deep inside Pakistan and bombed JeM terror camps in Balakot.

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