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Pakistan call for peace with India as it indicates off its army might

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Pakistan wants peace with India and they should focus on health and education, the Pakistani president said on Saturday in the course of a parade to show off its navy would possibly following a traumatic standoff between the nuclear-armed neighbors.

Conflict between the competitors erupted last month following a suicide bomb assault claimed via a Pakistan-based militant group in the Indian party of the disputed and divided Kashmir vicinity that killed 40 paramilitary police.

“We do now not trust in battle and prefer to solve troubles thru dialogue,” President Arif Alvi stated in his Pakistani Republic Day speech.

“Instead of war we ought to center of attention on training and health.”

Pakistani warplanes engaged in a dogfight with Indian aircraft over Kashmir on Feb. 27, a day after a raid through Indian jets on what it stated was a militant camp in Pakistan.

In their first such clash because their last war, in 1971, Pakistan downed an Indian plane and captured its pilot after he ejected over Pakistan-controlled Kashmir.

The pilot was later released by way of Pakistan as a peace gesture.

The president, who mostly holds ceremonial duties, said India had blamed Pakistan for the suicide-bomb attack except evidence, which he said used to be irresponsible.

Saturday’s army parade blanketed an air show providing the Pakistani-built JF-17 fighter jet. One of the plane shot down the Indian aircraft final month.

“Today’s parade is sending the message that we are a peaceable humans however we will never be oblivious of our defense,” Alvi said.

The parade used to be attended by means of Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, who was once invited to attend as the chief guest, and Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan.

Khan said on Twitter previously that he had obtained a message from Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi with his exceptional needs for Republic Day and calling for peace and regional cooperation.

“I welcome PM Modi’s message to our people,” Khan said.

“I consider it’s time to commence a comprehensive communicate with India to tackle and get to the bottom of all issues.The dispute over the former princely kingdom of Kashmir sparked the first two of three wars between India and Pakistan after independence in 1947. They fought the 2nd in 1965, and a third, largely over what emerge as Bangladesh, in 1971.

CTM News | 23 March 2019

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