In call with German FM, Qureshi says world must take note of India’s ‘accidental’ missile launch – World

In a phone call with German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock on Monday, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said Islamabad had urged the international community to take serious precautions and act against India’s “accidental” missile launch in Pakistan last week. An appropriate role in maintaining the strategic stability of the region.

According to a statement released by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (FO), Kureshi informed Beerbok on March 9 that an Indian missile had entered Pakistani airspace.

The missile, initially identified by Pakistan as an unarmed “high-speed flying object”, flew 124 kilometers within Pakistani territory in 3:44 seconds, according to details shared at a media briefing by the Inter-Services Public Relations Director (ISPR) the day after the incident. General Baba Iftikar.

DG ISPR told media at the time that the missiles were recovered from the Pakistan Air Force’s air defense operations center in Indian territory.

He said, “From the initial course, the object suddenly maneuvered toward Pakistani territory, invaded Pakistan’s airspace, and eventually fell near Mian Channu at 6:50 pm on March,” he said, requesting explanation from India.

A day later, India confirmed that the missile had been launched “accidentally” within Pakistan. That is an explanation that Islamabad sees as too “simplistic” that the incident is due to a “technical malfunction” and consequently calls for a joint investigation into the matter.

In a phone call with Baerbock today, Qureshi reaffirmed Pakistan’s position by saying that these serious problems cannot be resolved with the simple explanations provided by Indian authorities.

He said Pakistan has not only requested a joint investigation into the incident, but has urged the international community to pay attention to this “sacred nature of a nuclearized environment” incident.

FM Qureshi also stressed that the international community “must play a reasonable role in maintaining and promoting strategic stability in the region”.

Ukraine situation

Regarding what’s going on in Ukraine, Qureshi told Baerbock “It was a pivotal moment in European history.”

He also informed Baerbock of conversations with Prime Minister Imran Khan and European Council Chairman Charles Michel, as well as phone calls with the Foreign Ministers of Ukraine, Poland, Romania, Hungary and Russia, and European Union High Representative Josep Borrell.

He said Pakistan emphasized the importance of continuing efforts to end hostilities, establish and maintain humanitarian channels, provide humanitarian assistance, and resolve issues through dialogue and diplomacy.

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The two foreign ministers also exchanged views on bilateral relations between Germany and Pakistan, and FM Qureshi highlighted the “high value” Islamabad attached to relations with Berlin.

He said Pakistan is determined to further deepen cooperation with Germany in all areas of mutual interest and expects to continue discussions after receiving Baerbock from Islamabad in April.

According to the FO, Baerbock thanked Qureshi for sharing Pakistan’s perspective on bilateral and regional issues, and she said she expects these discussions to continue.

It was the second phone call between the two foreign ministers in a month to keep in touch.

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