Reports of Pakistan Army fighting alongside Azerbaijan ‘speculative and baseless’

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ISLAMABAD:Pakistan on Friday said claims of the country’s army fighting alongside Azerbaijani forces in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict are ‘baseless and speculative’.

Fighting between Azeri and Armenian forces flared up on September 27 over the region of Nagorno-Karabakh. The region legally belongs to Azerbaijan but was captured by Armenian forces after the war between the two sides in the early 90s. Multiple UN resolutions have also supported the Azeri stance on the issue and the two sides have fought multiple clashes over the years along their Line of Contact (LoC). It is not clear which country initiated the latest round of fighting, which has now spread along the entire border.

In a statement. the Foreign Office (FO) added that such statements are ‘irresponsible’.

Reiterating Islamabad’s position on the issue, the FO spokesperson stated that Pakistan is deeply concerned over the deteriorating security situation in Nagorno-Karabakh region.

“The intensive shelling by Armenian forces on civilian populations of Azerbaijan is reprehensible and most unfortunate. This could compromise peace and security of the entire region. Armenia must stop its military action to avoid further escalation,” the statement said.

The FO further added that Pakistan supports Azerbaijan’s position on issue, which is in line with the several unanimously adopted United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolutions.

Earlier, Islamabad voiced concerns over the deteriorating security situation in the volatile region and rebuked Armenian forces for targeting civilian population of Azerbaijan.

The clashes, the worst since 2016, have raised fears of a new war between the two countries which have been locked for decades in a territorial dispute over the Armenia-backed breakaway region of Nagorny Karabakh.