Published: Tue, July 04, 2017
Technology | By Ramiro Moody

Peace Not Possible In Afghanistan Without Pakistan: McCain

Peace Not Possible In Afghanistan Without Pakistan: McCain

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

The premier convened a meeting with a five-member delegation of United States Senators led by John McCain.

The delegation met to Adviser to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz and other officials including Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua and discussed discussed different issues regarding security and bilateral cooperation.

The members of the United States delegation included Senators Lindsey Graham (Republican), Elizabeth Warren (Democrat), Sheldon Whitehouse (Democrat) and David Perdue (Republican).

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

Meanwhile, Pakistan's ministry of foreign affairs said in a statement that Pakistan remained committed to supporting efforts for lasting peace and stability in Afghanistan.

McCain, a former USA presidential candidate, said on July 2 during a visit to Islamabad that "we will not have peace in the region without Pakistan".

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Both sides also came to the agreement that USA and Pakistan need to forge closer cooperation in confronting the peace and security challenges in the region and beyond.

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.

Dr. Nazir Bhatti said that security in any region can not prevail without revival of human rights and religious freedom while Pakistan government have failed to uphold human rights and religious freedom in its territory targeting Christian, Hindus and Ahmadiyya communities with blasphemy laws and other discriminatory laws.

Aziz conveyed to the U.S. delegation about Pakistan's success against terrorism through Operations Zarb-i-Azb and Raddul Fasaad, asserting that the terrorist networks had been dismantled, their sanctuaries eliminated under the overarching National Action Plan.

"Pakistan firmly believes in the legitimacy of the Kashmir cause and the peaceful struggle of the Kashmiri people to claim the right to self-determination promised to them by the worldwide community through the UN Security Council resolutions", he added. "The dividend of these policies is empirically verifiable", he added.

"Peace and stability in Afghanistan is not possible without Pakistan's help", Senator John McCain told state-run Pakistan Television Corporation (PTV) during his visit to Islamabad.

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