Pakistan urges US, Iran to show restraint

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OUR CORRESPONDENT

ISLAMABAD

Voicing serious concerns over the deepening crisis in the Persian Gulf, Pakistan on Thursday urged Iran and the United States to show restraint as any miscalculated move can transmute into a large-scale conflict. Speaking at a weekly news briefing in Islamabad, Foreign Office Spokesperson Dr Muhammad Faisal said recent developments in the Persian Gulf region were disturbing.

He emphasised the need for resolving all issues through peaceful dialogue and engagement by all sides. The US decision to deploy aircraft carrier and bombers has added to the tensions and the existing precarious security situation in Middle East, Faisal said. We expect all sides to show restraint as a miscalculated move can transmute into a large-scale conflict.

His statement came against the backdrop of heightened fears of a clash between the US and Iran. The US has recently sent an aircraft carrier and a bomber taskforce to the Middle East in response to what officials called a credible threat by Iranian regime forces.

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