Washington’s stance on Kashmir unchanged, assures McCain

Washington’s stance on Kashmir unchanged, assures McCain

SAM Staff,

Foreign Affairs Adviser Sartaj Aziz met on Sunday a five-member delegation of US senators led by Senator John McCain in Islamabad.

During the meeting, Aziz said that the strategic partnership between Pakistan and the US is of utmost importance to achieve peace and stability in the region.

Senator McCain said that the US policy regarding the Kashmir issue hasn’t changed, adding that the US wants an end to violence in the territory.

The US senator declared Pakistan’s role as crucial for bringing stability in neighbouring Afghanistan.

“We will not have peace in the region without Pakistan,” McCain, who was accompanied by senators Lindsey Graham, Elizabeth Warren, Sheldon Whitehouse and David Perdue, said later.

U.S. officials say they seek greater cooperation with Pakistan, not a rupture in ties, after the review the 16-year-old war in Afghanistan, due in mid-July, where some 8,800 U.S. troops remain to support the Western-backed government.

Aziz made a point on Sunday of mentioning what the foreign ministry called “gross human rights violations by the Indian security forces in Kashmir” and the international community’s “silence”.

The delegation called upon Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa on Sunday, an Inter-Services Public Relation (ISPR) press release stated.

During their meeting, the delegation was briefed about the security situation in Afghanistan. The delegation was briefed how Pakistan has positively contributed towards peace and stability in the region, the press release stated.