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Nepal asks India, Pakistan not to engage in actions that would threaten regional security

KATHMANDU: Expressing concern over the escalating pressure between India and Pakistan, Nepal on Wednesday said that as the present chair of Saarc it underlines the importance of peace and stability in South Asia and calls on all sides to not interact in actions that may threaten security in the region.

The overseas ministry in a statement said the Nepal govt is concerned in regards to the escalating tensions between India and Pakistan following the Pulwama terror attack on February on February 14.

"It may be recalled that Nepal immediately condemned the heinous terrorist act," noted the overseas ministry.

"As the current chair of the Saarc (South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation), Nepal, while underlining the importance of peace and stability in South Asia, calls on both sides to exercise utmost restraint and not engage in actions that would threaten peace and security in the region," it said.

Nepal govt has also called both the nations "to seek solution through dialogue and peaceful means" as a way to ease pressure and normalise the situation.

Forty Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) group of workers were killed in a suicide attack by means of Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama district on February 14, sparking outrage in India.

Following the incident, India bombed and destroyed JeM's largest coaching camp in Balakot in Pakistan's restive Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, about 80-km from the Line of Control (LoC) early Tuesday, killing a "very large number" of terrorists, trainers and senior commanders.

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