WASHINGTON: Taking a note of the growing tension between India and Pakistan, the United States has on Friday advised the neighbors to work out their differences only through peaceful talks and not by retaliatory measures. The above comments from the US came in the drop back of the administrative decisions taken by both India and Pakistan to expel a diplomat each from the other country.
“The decisions taken by both the countries are sovereign in nature and cannot be judged. These are issues which both India and Pakistan should settle among themselves through peaceful dialogue”, said John Kirby, State Department spokesman.
Mr.Kirby also expressed concerns about the war-like conditions prevailing between the nuclear nations. “We are worried about the escalating tension between the two countries. The US government is closely following the developments along the Indo-Pak border and is hopeful that the situation along the LoC will restore back to normal as soon as possible. War should not be a solution to any problem between nations”, he added.
The Indian Foreign Affairs ministry has on Thursday declared a Pakistani diplomat serving in the visa section of the Pakistan High Commission as ‘persona non-grata’ for carrying espionage activities using bribes and honey traps. The diplomat identified as Mehmood Akhtar was also asked to leave India within 48 hours after following due procedure.
A few hours after the Indian government’s decision, Nawaz Sharif-led Pakistan government too notified a diplomat from the Indian High Commission in Islamabad as Persona non-grata.