Pakistan has demanded that Armenia suspend military action against Azerbaijan

Armenia on Sunday demanded an end to military action against Azerbaijan to avoid further escalation in the Nagorno-Karabakh region.

Pakistan is deeply concerned about the deteriorating security situation in Nagorno-Karabakh, its foreign ministry said in a statement.

"Intensive shelling by Armenian forces over the weekend in the Azerbaijani villages of Akheram, Aghadam, Fizuli and Jabril regions is reprehensible and most unfortunate," it said.

"It could compromise the peace and security of the whole region."

Islamabad has said it stands by Azerbaijan and supports its right to self-defense. "We support Azerbaijan's position on Nagorno-Karabakh, which is consistent with many of the resolutions agreed upon by the UN Security Council."

Baku and Yerevan went to war after fighting broke out in India on Sunday between Azerbaijani and Armenian separatists on Sunday, claiming that there were military and civilian casualties on both sides, including at least one child.

Decades after 2016, the horrific conflict sparked a new war between Azerbaijan and Armenia, the decades-old arch-enemy, in a regional dispute over the Armenian-backed separatist zone of Nagorno-Karabakh.

A major conflict between the former Soviet Caucasus neighbors would fall between the big regional players Moscow and Ankara.

Russia, France, Germany and the EU called for a speedy "immediate ceasefire" while Pope Francis prayed for peace.

Armenian Defense Ministry spokesman Artsrun Hovnansyan said fierce fighting continued on the border in front of Karabakh on Sunday afternoon.

Azerbaijan has said it has occupied seven Armenian-controlled villages, a claim Yerevan has denied.