Pakistan facing `challenging situation` along eastern and western frontiers: Foreign Minister Qureshi


Qureshi to encourage meaningful steps against JeM (Jaish-e-Mohammed) and other terrorist groups operating from Pakistan.

Pakistan's Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi has given the US an assurance that his country would deal firmly with all terrorists, according to US National Security Adviser John Bolton.

The concern was raised in an statement by the Indian Embassy in Washington after Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale and his American counterpart Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs David Hale held Foreign Office Consultations at the Foggy Bottom headquarters of the State Department.

On relations with India, Qureshi said, the premier had offered a hand of friendship towards New Delhi after assuming office.

Referring to the potential of economic and trade relations between Pakistan and Germany, the foreign minister said that two well renowned German companies have expressed interest for investment in the country.

The German foreign minister appreciated Pakistan's efforts for restoration of peace in Afghanistan, the statement added.

Reaffirming their commitment to the Indo-US Strategic Partnership, the two diplomats reviewed progress made since the Ministerial 2+2 meeting last September and discussed ways to further expand cooperation.

"When Prime Minister Khan came into power six months ago he inherited a lot of challenges, including corruption and other socio-economic ills, which had to be overcome", Qureshi noted.

"They agreed that Pakistan needs to take concerted action to dismantle the terrorist infrastructure and to deny safe haven to all terrorist groups in its territory".

On February 27, Pakistani fighters had transgressed into the Indian air space in Jammu and Kashmir and tried to target Indian military positions before they were chased away.

Qureshi also said that three German political foundations, that had "not been able to work in Pakistan" earlier, would now be able to launch operate in the country as both sides had "amicably" resolved the issues due to which the operations of the organisations were being hindered.

In the dogfight, one F-16 fighter of Pakistan Air Force was shot down by the Indian Air Force, which also lost a MiG-21 Bison plane.