US Senator McCain Says No Peace In Afghanistan Without Pakistan Involvement

Posted July 04, 2017

Pakistan Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa also called United States cooperation a "key factor" in security, as McCain agreed on the importance of coordination between Pakistan and Afghanistan, a military statement said.

The visiting US Congressional delegation led by Senator John McCain on Sunday urged both India and Pakistan to resolve the Kashmir issue through dialogue and asserted that peace in Afghanistan could not be possible without Pakistan's help.

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

The delegation met Adviser on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz and discussed with him important bilateral issues, including terrorism, Pakistan's relations with India and Afghanistan and regional peace.

He added the Kashmir issue is essential for them and can not be overlooked, which is why the Pakistani government will not hold talks with India without Kashmir being part of the deliberations.

Pakistan argues that it has done a great deal to help the U.S. in tracking down terrorists and points out that it has suffered hundreds of deaths in militants attacks in response to its crackdowns.

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

The senators appreciated the contribution 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".

Reuters reported that experts on America's longest war have said militant safe havens in Pakistan have allowed Taliban-linked insurgents a place to plot attacks in Afghanistan and regroup after ground offensives. "The dividend of these policies is empirically verifiable", he added.

Senator John McCain claims there will not be peace in Afghanistan without Pakistan's involvement. He stressed strengthened Pakistan-United States partnership to counter challenges.