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Pakistan to send envoy Sohail Mahmood back to India

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Islamabad :  on Wednesday said is sending its back to and is ready to engage with to reduce tensions which are “de-escalating” due to diplomatic efforts by countries like the US, and 

Qureshi said it is time to end all our conflicts and move towards peace.

He said that wanted to sort out all issues with which are hindering peace between the two countries.

“Tensions between and appear to be de-escalating and this is a positive development,” Qureshi said while speaking to the media here.

“Pakistan has further increased diplomatic efforts and we have decided to send back the Pakistani to (Sohail Mahmood),” he added.

Pakistan had called its back to for urgent consultations in the wake of the February 14 Pulwama terror attack by Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) which left 40 CRPF personnel dead. took the step after India called back its to 

After the Pulwama attack, the carried out a counter-terror operation, hitting what it said was a JeM training camp in Balakot, deep inside Pakistan on February 26.

The next day, retaliated and downed a and captured its Wing who was handed over to India on Friday.

The also thanked US for his role in the current situation with India. “I did not want to say it but private diplomacy worked,” he said.

“US through private diplomacy played a role in de-escalating tensions between Pakistan and India,” he said.

Qureshi said foreign ministers of China, Russia, Turkey, the UAE and also played a significant role in reducing tension between the two countries.

Qureshi said that a Pakistani delegation will visit New Delhi to hold dialogue over the Kartarpur Corridor.

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