No regional peace without Pakistan, US senator McCain
04 July, 2017, 00:50 | Author: Alicia Barber
He said the U.S. attached importance to its relations with Pakistan.
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 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.
McCain was accompanied by a bipartisan group of senators - Lindsey Graham, Elizabeth Warren, Sheldon Whitehouse, and David Perdue.
McCain said "close co-operation between the United States and Pakistan was essential for securing peace and stability in the region" at the meeting with Sharif and other top Pakistani officials in Islamabad, according to a statement from the prime minister's office.
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.
Pakistan says it has helped track down terrorists, suffering hundreds of deaths itself in Islamist militant attacks in response to the crackdowns.
Dr. Nazir S Bhatti, President and Founder of Pakistan Christian Congress PCC has expressed concerns on not raising serious issues of human rights and religious freedom by delegation of US Senators during their recent visit to Pakistan focusing on regional security.
He also highlighted the economic turnaround that manifested in enhanced investor interest and confidence in Pakistan.
The senators appreciated the contributions and sacrifices made by Pakistan and the successes achieved in the fight against terrorism.
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 worldwide community's "silence". "The dividend of these policies is empirically verifiable", he added.
The US senator declared Pakistan's role as crucial for bringing stability in neighbouring Afghanistan.
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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