- KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Pakistan's
top military spokesman said on Friday that its traditional ally, China,
had said it was ready to support Pakistan "in all eventualities.''
- Major-General Rashid Qureshi was asked whether Chinese
leaders, visited by Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf en route to a South
Asian summit, had said it was ready to support Pakistan if its current
standoff with India deteriorated further.
- "China stood by Pakistan and still stands by Pakistan,''
he told a news conference. He said that China "has said it will support
Pakistan in all eventualities.''
- He also said that India which has amassed troops on its
border with Pakistan needed to act to de-escalate the standoff. ''We feel
that the Indian government needs to pull back,'' he said.
- "If India violates Pakistan's land, air or sea frontier,
Pakistan will respond with all its might,'' he said.
- Pakistan continues to hope that India will respond to
''Pakistan's time and again efforts for dialogue,'' he added.