Pakistan plays significant role in peace, stability in Afghanistan: McCain

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"Kashmir problem should be resolved in a peaceful way through negotiations", McCain said, adding that the USA has not changed its stand regarding the Kashmir ssue.

Foreign Affairs Adviser Sartaj Aziz met on Sunday a five-member delegation of USA senators led by Senator John McCain here.

Dr. Nazir Bhatti said that United States stands for human rights and democracy as leader of globe but not conditioning USA policy with Pakistan basics is very surprising. Other members of the delegation, which arrived Sunday and is due to leave Monday, included Senator Lindsey Graham, Senator Elizabeth Warren, Senator David Perdue and Senator Sheldon Whitehouse.

Meanwhile, Pakistan's ministry of foreign affairs said in a statement that Pakistan remained committed to supporting efforts for lasting peace and stability in Afghanistan.

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He said the United States wanted an end to violence in India-held Kashmir, adding that the USA would continue its policy on the Kashmir issue because no change had been made in this regard.

The US senators also praised the economic turnaround, as manifested by investors' interest and confidence in Pakistan.

Kashmir, ruled in part by India and Pakistan and claimed in entirety by both, is a hot-button issue between the nuclear-armed neighbours, which have fought two of their three wars since independence from Britain over the territory.

They reportedly held talks over regional security and collaboration between Pakistan and the U.S.

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Mr Aziz raised concern over the gross human rights violations by Indian security forces in held Kashmir and global community's silence over the reign of terror unleashed by India on innocent and unarmed Kashmiris.

He also briefed the delegation about Pakistan's achievement in fighting terrorism through Operation Zarb-e-Azb and Radd-ul-Fassad.

US President Donald Trump's administration is exploring hardening its approach towards Islamabad over Pakistan-based militants launching attacks in Afghanistan, two US officials told Reuters last month.

Aziz for his part vowed Pakistan remained committed to "constructive engagement" with the U.S. in the efforts to create a "stable and prosperous" Afghanistan.

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