Published: Tue, July 04, 2017
Hi-Tech | By Merle Christensen

McCain-led delegation visits Pakistan for talks

McCain-led delegation visits Pakistan for talks

Pakistan says it has helped track down terrorists, suffering hundreds of deaths itself in Islamist militant attacks in response to the crackdowns.

In this photo released by by Pakistan's Press Information Department, visiting U.S. Senator John McCain, left, shakes hand with Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif prior to their meeting in Islamabad, Pakistan, Monday, July 3, 2017.

McCain described USA engagement with Pakistan in the region as "important" in his meeting with Foreign Affairs Adviser Sartaj Aziz, according to a foreign ministry statement.

Pakistan argues that it has done a great deal to help the USA in tracking down terrorists and points out that it has suffered hundreds of deaths in militants attacks in response to its crackdowns.

Dr. Nazir S Bhatti, President and Founder of Pakistan Christian Congress PCC has expressed concerns on not raising serious issues of human rights and religious freedom by delegation of US Senators during their recent visit to Pakistan focusing on regional security. "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. He stressed strengthened Pakistan-United States partnership to counter challenges.

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He further stressed that Pakistan was also ready to strengthen its ties with the USA to counter new terrorism threats, including the threat of ISIS in the region.

McCain who has been a major critic of Pakistan has always criticized Islamabad's role in the fight against the Taliban and its offshoot the Haqqani network.

The U.S. delegation has arrived in Islamabad at a time when relations between Pakistan and the Trump administration are under pressure.

"If the United States wants to honestly contribute in the war against terrorism, then it should strike terrorist safe havens and hideouts beyond the borders of Afghanistan", said MP Farooq Majro, referring to terror hideouts and safe havens in Pakistan.

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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