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US Senate delegation led by Senator John McCain meets Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in Islamabad.Senator McCain agrees that continued close cooperation between the US and Pakistan is essential for securing peace and stability in the region.He says the US attaches importance to its relations with Pakistan.The Senators appreciate the contributions and sacrifices made by Pakistan and the successes achieved in the fight against terrorism.The Senators also praise the economic turnaround in Pakistan and stressed the importance of intensifying mutually beneficial trade and investment cooperation.Meanwhile, Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif reiterates his government's commitment to improve relations with Afghanistan and India.

He expresses serious concern over the gross human rights violations and brutal repression of unarmed people in Occupied Kashmir.
Sartaj Aziz says Pakistan and US strategic partnership is critical to achieve peace and stability in the region and beyond.Talking to a five-member US Senate delegation led by Senator John McCain in Islamabad, Advisor to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs apprises the delegation about Pakistan’s success in combating terrorism through Operation Zarb-e-Azb and Radd-ul-Fassad.

Earlier, US Senate delegation called on Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa in Rawalpindi.
US acknowledge Pak army's contributions, sacrifices in war on terror.

Host : Dr.Shoaib Ahmad 

Analysts on Telephone 

Lt Gen (Retd) Naeem Lodhi (Defense Analyst):

The visit of US Senators to Pakistan is a routine activity. I think they have come to Pakistan just to analyze the prevailing situation and opinions of Pakistan after the Modi’s visit to United States. United States has admitted that Kashmir is a disputed territory but will never play its role to resolve Kashmir dispute for the sake of its national interests with India. Strong Pak-China bilateral relations are not tolerable to United States. It is also a fact that if Pakistan could play its role to evacuate Russia from Afghanistan then it could also play its role to withdraw NATO forces from Afghanistan as well.

Dr. Rashid Ahmed (IR Expert):

United States has always prioritized its national interests. India is big trade market so U.S is keen to strengthen its trade relations with India. This is the reason why United States always supports India and not even forcing India to give the Kashmiris their right to self-determination. On the other hand, Indian government is striving hard to deploy its troops to Afghanistan in order to support NATO forces but Indian thought behind this policy is to destabilize Pakistan using Afghan land on western border.


Dr. Talat Wazarat (IR Expert):

I am not expecting fruitful outcomes of this recent visit of five members US Senators delegation to Pakistan. This visit may be the follow up of recent concerns and reservations of Pakistan over Modi’s visit to United States. United States is adopting different policies for Pakistan and India. The only interest of United States with Pakistan is that Pakistan could play a dominant role for peace and stability in Afghanistan. United States has national and trade interests with India so destabilizing the balance of power in the region. U.S is supporting India to counter China in the region as China is emerging as an economic power in the world and Pakistan has strong relations with China.
 
Dr. Farooq Hasnat (IR Expert):

The delegation of US Senators is on a visit to Pakistan and expressed satisfaction over Pakistan’s role in war against terrorism. The delegation was briefed how Pakistan has positively contributed towards peace and stability in the region during meeting with COAS Gen Qamar Bajwa. The senators had held talks with Sartaj Aziz to discuss Pakistani-U.S. ties, as well as the situation in Afghanistan. The relationship between the United States and Pakistan has been strained in recent years.


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