ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Pakistan desires peace with India and they need to give attention to well being and schooling, the Pakistani president stated on Saturday throughout a parade to indicate off its army would possibly following a tense standoff between the nuclear-armed neighbors.
Battle between the rivals erupted final month following a suicide bomb assault claimed by a Pakistan-based militant group within the Indian social gathering of the disputed and divided Kashmir area that killed 40 paramilitary police.
“We don’t imagine in battle and need to remedy issues by dialogue,” President Arif Alvi stated in his Pakistani Republic Day speech.
“As an alternative of battle we should always give attention to schooling and well being.”
Pakistani warplanes engaged in a dogfight with Indian plane over Kashmir on Feb. 27, a day after a raid by Indian jets on what it stated was a militant camp in Pakistan.
Of their first such conflict since their final battle, in 1971, Pakistan downed an Indian aircraft and captured its pilot after he ejected over Pakistan-controlled Kashmir.
The pilot was later launched by Pakistan as a peace gesture.
The president, who largely holds ceremonial duties, stated India had blamed Pakistan for the suicide-bomb assault with out proof, which he stated was irresponsible.
Saturday’s army parade included an air present that includes the Pakistani-built JF-17 fighter jet. One of many plane shot down the Indian aircraft final month.
“At present’s parade is sending the message that we’re a peaceable individuals however we’ll by no means be oblivious of our protection,” Alvi stated.
The parade was attended by Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, who was invited to attend because the chief visitor, and Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan.
Khan stated on Twitter earlier that he had obtained a message from Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi together with his greatest needs for Republic Day and calling for peace and regional cooperation.
“I welcome PM Modi’s message to our individuals,” Khan stated.
“I imagine it’s time to start a complete dialogue with India to deal with and resolve all points.The dispute over the previous princely state of Kashmir sparked the primary two of three wars between India and Pakistan after independence in 1947. They fought the second in 1965, and a 3rd, largely over what change into Bangladesh, in 1971.
Reporting by Saad Sayeed; Enhancing by Robert Birsel