Pakistan plays significant role in peace, stability in Afghanistan: McCain

Pakistan plays significant role in peace, stability in Afghanistan: McCain

A delegation of USA senate headed by Senator John McCain has urged both India and Pakistan to settle the Kashmir dispute through dialogue, besides highlighting that peace could not be established in Afghanistan without Pakistan's assistance.

Senator McCain said that the U.S. policy regarding the Kashmir issue hasn't changed, adding that the USA wants an end to violence in the territory. Other members of the delegation, which arrived Sunday and is due to leave Monday, included Senator Lindsey Graham, Senator Elizabeth Warren, Senator David Perdue and Senator Sheldon Whitehouse.

During the sitting, McCain said that the United States regards terms with Pakistan as very important and that cooperation between the two government is needed for peace in the region.

PM Nawaz said that Pakistan is desirous of good neighbourly terms with both India and Afghanistan.

The US senators also praised the economic turnaround, as manifested by investors' interest and confidence in Pakistan.

They reportedly held talks over regional security and collaboration between Pakistan and the U.S.

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Aziz also said that Pakistan was ready to strengthen and deepen its partnership with the U.S to counter emerging terrorism threats including the expanding footprint of Daesh in the region.

With reference to Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir, the Prime Minister expressed serious concern over the gross human rights violations and brutal repression of unarmed Kashmiris.

Mr Aziz apprised the USA delegation comprising prominent senators from both Democratic and Republican parties about Pakistan's success in combating terrorism through Operations Zarb-i-Azb and Raddul Fasaad and informed them that the terrorist networks had been dismantled, their sanctuaries eliminated under the overarching National Action Plan.

According to Radio Pakistan, the Adviser further stressed that Pakistan firmly believed in the legitimacy of the Kashmir cause and peaceful struggle of the Kashmiri people to claim the right to self-determination. "The dividend of these policies is empirically verifiable", he added.

The relationship between the United States and Pakistan has been strained at times with some in Washington believing Islamabad has not done enough to bring its influence to bear to persuade the Afghan Taliban to renounce violence.

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