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US' MacCain urges Pakistan, India to settle Kashmir dispute through dialogue


The US senator declared Pakistan's role as crucial for bringing stability in neighbouring Afghanistan.

US Senator John McCain said on Sunday there could be "no peace" in Afghanistan or the rest of the region without Pakistan's co-operation, as he visited Islamabad ahead of a review from the United States of its Afghan war strategy.

Sunday's statement comes as McCain, who also heads the Senate Armed Services Committee, met with Pakistan's army chief general.

"Our relationship is more important perhaps than ever before", McCain told Pakistan TV as he left the meeting.

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.

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. Critics claim Islamabad is not doing enough to crack down on militants such as the Taliban and its affiliated group, the Haqqani network. "Adviser noted that QCG process remains a credible and effective vehicle to facilitate reconciliation and restore peace, stability and economic prosperity in Afghanistan", the statement reads.

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He said that continued engagement with Pakistan, a close friend and ally of the USA, was important.

The relationship between the USA and Pakistan has been strained at times with some in Washington believing Islamabad has not done enough to bring its influence to bear to persuade the Afghan Taliban to renounce violence.

"Pakistan has major importance for the U.S in South Asia".

Pakistan has received billions in United States aid since the invasion of Afghanistan in 2001.

Pakistan last week also reacted sharply when the US State Department on June 26 designated as a terrorist Syed Salahuddin, leader of the largest Kashmiri militant group fighting against Indian rule, accusing the US of acquiescing to the wishes of visiting Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Prime Minister underscored his government's commitment to good neighborly relations and highlighted various initiatives to improve relations with Afghanistan and India.

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