Pakistan has expressed deep concern over the killing of Major General Qasem Soleimani, the head of the Iranian-backed Quds Force in the US airstrike, calling on all parties to show restraint.
“Pakistan is deeply concerned over recent progress in the Middle East which poses a serious threat to peace and stability in the region,” the Foreign Office statement said.
According to the Foreign Office, “respect for sovereignty and territorial integrity is one of the basic principles of the UN Charter that must be followed.”
“Unilateral actions and the use of force must be avoided,” the statement added.
In addition, the Foreign Office urged all parties to “exercise maximum patience, communicate constructively to improve the situation and make diplomatic issues in line with UN Charter and international law.”
#Pakistan has viewed with deep concern the recent developments in the Middle East, which seriously threaten peace and stability in the region.
Respect for sovereignty and territorial integrity are the fundamental principles of the UN Charter, which should be adhered to.
— Spokesperson, Ministry of Foreign Affairs Pakistan (@ForeignOfficePk) January 3, 2020
Major General Qasem Soleimani, the head of the Quds Force, was killed in a US airstrike near the airport in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad.
Iran later threatened dangerous consequences for the US attack on Baghdad airport, vowing to take revenge on the United States over the death of General Qasem Soleimani.