‘US wants to end violence in Kashmir,’ McCain tell Sartaj

July 2, 2017

ISLAMABAD: A high-level delegation from Washington is in Islamabad which comes after President Donald Trump called on Pakistan to ensure that its territory is not used to launch terrorist attacks on other countries.

Foreign Office spokesperson Nafees Zakaria said the US delegation led by Senator John McCain met Foreign Secretary Tahmina and Adviser on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz at the foreign ministry.

McCain said Pakistan has a significant role for establishment of peace and stability in Afghanistan. “Peace and stability in Afghanistan is not possible without Pakistan’s help,” he added.

The two sides also deliberated upon recent surge in violence in Indian-held Kashmir, which, Islamabad say, is a violation of human rights by Indian troops. “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,” Sartaj Aziz said.

The US delegation assured Sartaj Washington will continue its policy regarding Kashmir issue and no change has been made in this regard. “US wants end to violence in Kashmir. The issue should be resolved in peaceful way through negotiation,” said the US senator. Agencies