Adviser to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz says Pakistan and US strategic partnership is critical to achieve peace and stability in the region and beyond.       

He was talking to a five-member US Senate delegation led by Senator John McCain in Islamabad.

The Adviser underscored the significance of the longstanding cooperation between the two countries and need to make this partnership diverse and multi-dimensional.

He also apprised the delegation about Pakistan’s success in combating terrorism through Operation Zarb-e-Azb and Radd-ul-Fassad. 

The Adviser said Pakistan remained committed to support efforts for lasting peace and stability in Afghanistan.

He also raised concern over the gross human rights violations by the Indian security forces in occupied Kashmir.

The Adviser stressed that Pakistan firmly believed in the legitimacy of the Kashmir cause and peaceful struggle of the Kashmiri people to claim the right to self-determination.

Senator McCain appreciated the contributions and sacrifices made by Pakistan in the fight against terrorism. He said continued engagement with Pakistan is very important.

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