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PM Kakar curtails his World Economic Forum visit in Davos due to tension between Pakistan and Iran

ISLAMABAD: Caretaker Prime Minister Anwarul Haq Kakar curtailed his participation in the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos following Islamabad’s military strikes in Iran.

Foreign Ministry spokesperson Mumtaz Zahra Baloch conveyed during her weekly news briefing on Thursday that the decision was made in light of the unfolding developments.

Baloch went on to mention that the caretaker foreign minister also shortened his visit to the Ugandan capital, Kampala, where he is presently engaged in the Non-Allied Movement Summit.

In the briefing, she highlighted that Pakistan has repeatedly presented evidence to Iran and affirmed that the nation will safeguard its sovereignty and territorial integrity.

Emphasizing the robust social and historical ties between Pakistan and Iran, Baloch noted extensive collaboration in various sectors, including energy and trade.

She clarified that Pakistan’s response to Iran’s warning was non-aggressive, expressing the country’s commitment to dialogue, cooperation, and the pursuit of negotiations to address terrorism concerns with neighboring countries, including Iran.

While acknowledging past communication with Iran, Baloch clarified her lack of awareness regarding any third-party mediation between the two nations. She stressed that the recent military actions targeted terrorist group safe havens, not Iran itself.

Baloch hoped that the steps taken by Pakistan in self-defense would be understood by the Indian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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