US Senator McCain Says No Peace In Afghanistan Without Pakistan Involvement

Posted July 04, 2017

US Senator John McCain said on Sunday there could be "no peace" in Afghanistan or the rest of the region without Pakistan's co-operation, as he visited Islamabad ahead of a review from the United States of its Afghan war strategy.

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

McCain described United States engagement with Pakistan in the region as "important" in his meeting with Foreign Affairs Adviser Sartaj Aziz, according to a foreign ministry statement.

The Prime Minister was assisted by Minister for Finance Ishaq Dar, Adviser to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz, National Security Adviser Lt. Gen. Nasser Khan Janjua and other senior officials. "Peace and stability in Afghanistan is not possible without Pakistan's help".

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A statement from the military said they were also briefed on border security, including Pakistan's bid to fence the frontier with Afghanistan.

The premier raised the issue of atrocities in Occupied Kashmir by Indian troops with the USA senators.

He also highlighted the economic turnaround that manifested in enhanced investor interest and confidence in Pakistan.

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.

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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.

Mr Aziz apprised the U.S. 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.

This comes after two U.S officials told Reuters last month that U.S President Donald Trump's administration is exploring hardening its approach toward Islamabad over Pakistan-based militants launching attacks in Afghanistan.

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