Nepal calls India and Pakistan to exercise utmost restraint
February 27, 2019 04:12 PM NPT
KATHMANDU, Feb 27: Nepal has called India and Pakistan to exercise utmost restraint and not to engage in actions that would threaten peace and security in South Asia.
In a press statement released on Wednesday, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) has said that Nepal is concerned about the escalating tensions between two countries following terrorist attack on security convoy in Pulwama in Jammu and Kashmir on February 14, 2019.
Reiterating that Nepal condemns the heinous terrorist act, the government has urged both countries to seek solution through dialogue and peaceful means in order to ease tension and normalize the situation.
The escalation between two nuclear power countries has triggered international alarm, with China and the European Union also calling for restraint.
The two capitals regularly accuse each other of firings across the heavily militarised de facto border.
Pakistan has denied involvement in the Kashmir bombing that sparked the latest tensions.
While India has consistently accused its neighbor of supporting extremist groups, Pakistan has equally vehemently denied any role in attacks in India and its only Muslim-majority state, Kashmir.
The Himalayan region has been divided between India and Pakistan since independence in 1947. They have fought two of their three wars over the territory.
Previously, the US and other members of the international community have acted to defuse tensions.