Pakistan blames US for heightening tensions with Iran

Pakistan blames US for heightening tensions with Iran

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Thursday blamed the United States for heightening tensions with Iran in the ongoing crisis in the Persian Gulf and called on both sides to show restraint, Dawn news reported.

Quoting Pakistan Foreign Office spokesman Dr Mohammad Faisal, the newspaper reported:“We expect all sides to show restraint. … Pakistan desires that all issues should be settled through peaceful dialogue and engagement by all sides.”

“War is not an option,” he emphasised.

The spokesman was responding to questions about the deepening US-Iran crisis that has led to a massive military buildup by the US in the region in response to an unspecified threat. Under its offensive posture in the Persian Gulf, the US has deployed an aircraft carrier, positioned B-52 bombers at Al Udeid Air Base in Qatar, and sent F-15 jets to the region.