Pakistan today recommended India to de-activate its forward air bases
and put ground forces to peace time locations, to resume friendly atmosphere
between the two neighboring countries.
The official Associated Press of Pakistan quoted Foreign Minister Shah
Mehmood Qureshi as saying that if India considered these suggestions, it would
prove helpful in diffusing the ongoing tense situation between the two
Pakistan considered the development in last 48 hours as "positive", Qureshi
said, adding the statement of Indian External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee
regarding joint investigation into Mumbai incident supported Pakistan's stance.
Mukherjee categorically stated that India did not give ultimatum to Pakistan,
Qureshi said. Pakistan believes that ultimatums do not help to improve relations
between the countries, he said.
He said Pakistan's approach was positive from the day one and it stood by its
commitment to cooperate into the investigation whenever evidence provided.
He said Pakistan was also thankful to China for its efforts to deescalate
tension between Pakistan and India.
Qureshi also mentioned other recent positive developments including the
direct contact between the director generals of military operations of Pakistan
and India, and the telephonic conversation between President Asif Ali Zardari
and United States Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, and termed them helpful
in diffusing the tense situation.
Qureshi stressed the need for using direct contacts and diplomatic channels
for improving the ties and said the importance of dialogue should not be
He said coercions and conflicts would only benefit the elements who tried to
dismantle peace between the two countries. He said geography had made Pakistan
and India neighbors, and it was the duty of the two states to maintain a
friendly atmosphere for the benefit of their peoples.