No regional peace without Pakistan, US senator McCain

Lynne Hanson
July 4, 2017

The senators also praised the economic turnaround in Pakistan and stressed the importance of intensifying mutually beneficial trade and investment cooperation.

Influential U.S. Senator John McCain (Republican-Arizona) says peace in Afghanistan or elsewhere in the region is not possible without the involvement of Pakistan.

The meeting was attended by Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, Foreign Affairs Advisor Sartaj Aziz and National Security Advisor Nasir Janjua among others.

Sartaj Aziz said that strategic partnership between Pakistan and U.S. was essential to bring peace and stability to the region and beyond.

McCain was accompanied by a bipartisan group of senators - Lindsey Graham, Elizabeth Warren, Sheldon Whitehouse, and David Perdue.

Pakistan argues that it has done a great deal to help the USA in tracking down terrorists and points out that it has suffered hundreds of deaths in militants attacks in response to its crackdowns.

Aziz stressed Pakistan's belief in Kashmir's right to self-determination in the meeting with the United States senators, the foreign ministry statement said.

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US President Donald Trump's administration is exploring hardening its approach towards Islamabad over Pakistan-based militants launching attacks in Afghanistan, two US officials told Reuters last month.

He added it was not necessary for them to agree with US' decision.

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

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.

The senators appreciated the contribution and sacrifices made by Pakistan and the successes achieved in the fight against terrorism.

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.

Aziz for his part vowed Pakistan remained committed to "constructive engagement" with the United States in the efforts to create a "stable and prosperous" Afghanistan.

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