Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Pakistan asks India to de-active air bases, re-locate ground forces

Islamabad, Dec 30, IRNA: Pakistani foreign minister Tuesday asked India to de-active its forward air bases and re-locate its ground forces to peace time location to create a conducive atmosphere.Last month's attacks in Mumbai had heightened tension between nuclear armed Pakistan and India. India says the attackers were Pakistanis and attacks were planned in Pakistani by militant groups.Both countries had put forces on high alert and Pakistani has also pulled out troops from the insurgency-hit areas to deploy them along borders with India.
"I am floating two proposals to India to make the environment cordial and to defuse tension. I propose to India to de-activate air bases. It would be a positive step. I also propose to India to re-locate its ground forces to peace time positions," Shah Mahmoud Qureshi said in a televised speech on Pakistan Television."These measures will reduce tension and we will move forward in positive," the Pakistani foreign minister said."Geography has made us neighbors and we can live as good neighbors. Peace process is in favor of both of us," Qureshi said.He welcomed the statement from Indian Minister for External Affairs Pranab Mukherjee that New Deli has not given any deadline to Islamabad.Qureshi also described as positive step direct contact between the Director General Military Operations of both countries to reduce tension.He said that war will not benefit the two countries but will make strong those forces who have created

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