Issues relating to peace and security discussed
McCain assures that current legislation before senate to declare Pakistan terror state will not succeed.
Islamabad September 24, 2016: Senator John McCain telephoned former President Asif Ali Zardari Friday evening and discussed bilateral and international issues.
Issues relating to the current situation as a result of war of words and hype in Indian propaganda against Pakistan were also discussed.
The former President said that the hype in Indian propaganda against Pakistan was intended to hide from world view the atrocities against innocent Kashmiris.
He said that Pakistan wants a peaceful resolution of the Kashmir issue through dialogue and in accordance with the wishes of the people of Kashmir. Dialogue is the only way forward, he said.
Mr. Asif Ali Zardari said that Prime Minister Modi was pandering to the far right with whose support he had come into power adding also that such policy only strengthened the non state actors on both sides of the border.
Senator McCain reassured the former President that the current legislation before the US Senate branding Pakistan a “terror state” will not be successful. He emphasized that the legislation should not be seen as a deterioration of the US-Pakistan relations since the sponsors of this resolution are a small minority within the Senate.
Senator John McCain also acknowledged the sacrifices made by Pakistan in the fight against terrorism.
The former President said that Pakistan itself was the victim of extremism and terrorism and will never support terrorism. The Pakistan Peoples’ Party and indeed the entire country and the nation condemned all forms of extremism and terrorism.
Both leaders agreed that Pakistan is part of solution to this problem and it is in the interest of peace and stability that Pakistan continued to play its part in the fight against the global threat of terrorism.