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"Essential That India And Pakistan Exercise Maximum Restraint And Avoid Further Escalation Of Tensions": EU After India's IAF Strike On Pak-backed Terror Camps

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  • After Indian Air Force carried out a pre-dawn operation striking at terror camps in Balakot, Muzaffarabad and Chakothi, European Union Spokesperson Maja Kocijancic reacted to the incident saying that the EU believed that India and Pakistan maintain maximum restraint and avoid further escalation of tensions.
  • 'We're following very closely the current developments between India and Pakistan. We remain in contact with both countries and what we believe is essential, is that all exercise maximum restraint and avoid further escalation of tensions, she said.

After Indian Air Force carried out a pre-dawn operation striking at terror camps in Balakot, Muzaffarabad and Chakothi, European Union Spokesperson Maja Kocijancic reacted to the incident saying that the EU believed that India and Pakistan maintain maximum restraint and avoid further escalation of tensions.

"We're following very closely the current developments between India and Pakistan. We remain in contact with both countries and what we believe is essential, is that all exercise maximum restraint and avoid further escalation of tensions," she said.

Following the IAF operation, Pakistan has convened a joint parliamentary session after India Air Force carried out multiple aerial strikes at major terror camps across the Line of Control (LoC).

"A joint parliamentary session will take place tomorrow," Geo TV quoted Ali Muhammad Khan, minister of state for parliamentary affairs, as saying. "I have just come from the national security meeting and told the participants that the entire Parliament and nation are united," said Khan.

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Opposition parties including Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and PPP demanded a joint session to decide the further step that Pakistan would take. "We are in a state of war. The Parliament should sit together and decide," Pakistan People Party (PPP) leader Khursheed Shah said.  "It is not the time for political point-scoring and we should put aside our differences and unite the entire nation," he added.

The opposition leaders have also urged the Pakistan government to avoid the upcoming Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in which India's External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has been invited as the guest of honour. "It is an insult that our enemy is being invited as a guest of honour when Kashmiris are facing bloodshed," said Asif.

Earlier, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan had also called a meeting to review the situation after IAF's operation across LoC.

Earlier in the day, Shah Mehmood Qureshi also summoned an emergency meeting at the foreign office in Islamabad to discuss the situation.

"I have already said that I don't want to mislead the public. Clouds of danger are hovering over us and we will have to remain alert," Samaa TV quoted Qureshi, as saying.

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