Wing Commander Abhinandan – shot down by Pakistan Air Force (PAF), captured and returned to India after around a day and a half of captivity – said he "sees no reason for us to continue with any kind of hostilities.”
In a statement on Sunday, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs affirmed that the UAE has close historical ties with India and Pakistan and that it commends the efforts of the two countries to reach this achievement. It also stressed that this is an important step towards achieving security, stability and prosperity in the region.
Pakistan's Economic Coordination Council (ECC) allowed the private sector to import 0.5 million tonnes of white sugar as Islamabad tries to keep soaring domestic prices in check.
The cancellation followed criticism by opposition parties, which denounced Wednesday's lifting of a two-year-old ban on the import of cotton and sugar from India, saying the government had acted without parliament's approval.
UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres on Tuesday called on India and Pakistan to exercise “maximum restraint” and offered to mediate in the face of rising tensions following the attack at Pulwama in Jammu and Kashmir that claimed the lives of 40 CRPF troopers.
The Pakistani premier said the country has "always stood for peace and remains ready to move forward to resolve all outstanding issues through dialogue." "The onus of creating an enabling environment for further progress rests with India," he said.
Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi took to microblogging website Twitter to make the announcement. He underscored that Pakistan is conveying to the Indian side its readiness to reopen the corridor.