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India must reciprocate Pakistan PM's call for dialogue: Bilawal Bhutto

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It is the youth of the subcontinent who will pay in blood and coin for generations to come, says PPP chairman. Photo: File

Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari on Thursday urged India must reciprocate Prime Minister Imran Khan's call for dialogue and called for de-escalation before it is too late.

"It is the youth of the subcontinent who will pay in blood and coin for generations to come for the shortsighted decisions of a few today," Bilawal tweeted.

"Pakistan’s Prime Minister’s call for dialogue must be reciprocated, time to deescalate before it’s too late," the PPP chairman added.

Political leaders on Wednesday voiced their unflinching support for the government and armed forces of Pakistan in the face of Indian aggression over the past couple of days, which saw violation of Pakistani airspace by Indian jets and subsequent downing of Indian aircraft and capturing of a pilot.

Members of political parties also lauded Prime Minister Imran Khan's offer for a dialogue with New Delhi to give a chance to peace between the nuclear-armed neighbours.

PML-N's Ahsan Iqbal said, "The entire Pakistani nation is on one page. Wherever there would be a question of Pakistan's freedom, sovereignty or integrity, there we all stand as one rising above all differences. With the same passion, the opposition offered its unconditional support to government in the Parliament and it is still offering and will continue to offer this support for the defence of Pakistan.

"I understand this that there is also a very important message in it that both countries are nuclear-capable states and neither can run down the other, but its price can be too high. So, we should move on the path of peace instead of war, but if Indian miscalculates Pakistan's capability, and perhaps it has come to know that it cannot miscalculate the capability of the Pakistani forces and the nation, and it will have to pay the price for that."

He further said: "So instead of acting in tit-for-tat mode and taking this confrontation towards escalation, India should wisely opt for the way of talks, but it should also not take our dialogue offer for our weakness at all, because if it again cast an evil eye on Pakistan, then the Pakistani nation will fully fight it."


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