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US role on Kashmir

A five member US delegation led by Senator John

McCain held a series of meetings with Pakistani

leadership in the capital during which US side was asked

to play its role for ending the sufferings of the Kashmiri

people. According to report, Pakistani side explicitly

discussed its reservations and concerns on various

different matters with the US side and hoped that efforts

would be made to address them. During interaction with

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, the Pakistani side

expressed serious concerns over the gross human rights

violations and brutal repression of unarmed Kashmiris.

The Prime Minister underscored the legitimacy of the

Kashmir cause and urged the world community especially

Washington to play its role in ending the sufferings of the

people in occupied Kashmir. Nawaz Sharif also noted that

as longstanding partners and strategic allies, a sustained

and strong Pak-US partnership was essential to deal with

various challenges confronting the region and beyond.

The Prime Minister apprised the US delegation of his

government’s efforts over the last four years to combat

terrorism and that its success could be measured by the

markedly improved security situation in Pakistan. He also

highlighted the economic turnaround that manifested in

enhanced investor interest and confidence in the country.

Nawaz Sharif underscored his government’s commitment

to good neighbourly relations and highlighted various

initiatives to improve relations with Afghanistan and

India. On Afghanistan, the Prime Minister reaffirmed

Pakistan’s commitment to support all efforts aimed at

lasting peace and stability in Afghanistan. He said that

concerted efforts are needed for a politically negotiated

settlement under an Afghan led and Afghan owned peace process. The Prime Minister said a strong partnership

between Pakistan and the US is vital for achieving

sustainable peace in Afghanistan. In this regard, he also

stressed the importance of the Quadrilateral Coordination

Group mechanism to facilitate Afghan reconciliation.

Senator McCain agreed that continued close cooperation

between the US and Pakistan is essential for securing

peace and stability in the region. He said the US attaches

importance to its relations with Pakistan. The Senators appreciated the contributions and sacrifices made by

Pakistan and the successes achieved in the fight against

terrorism. They appreciated the economic turnaround in

Pakistan and stressed the importance of intensifying mutually beneficial trade and investment cooperation.

Senator John McCain made it clear that there will be no

change in the US policy on the lingering Kashmir dispute.

It is quite regrettable that the US has not made any serious

efforts towards resolution of the Kashmir dispute. United

States should see beyond its vested interests and should

take the severe human rights violation in occupied

Kashmir by Indian occupation forces seriously. US

rubbed salt on the wounds of Kashmiris by declaring

veteran freedom fighters Syed Salahuddin a terrorist and

tried to equate Kashmir liberation movement with

terrorism to please India. Being world superpower United

States should play its due role in resolving Kashimir issue

because without resolution of this issue peace and

stability in South Asia cannot be achieved.

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