The report says that the US in its statements has mentioned the Uri terror attack as an act of “cross-border terrorism” and urged Pakistan to stop these attacks.
If Pakistan wants Kashmir Issue to be heard, U.S. Tells Pak Envoys To End Cross-Border Terrorism
The US in its statements has mentioned the Uri terror attack as an act of “cross-border terrorism” and urged Pakistan to stop these attacks.
NEW DELHI: US officials and think tank experts reminded a Pakistani parliamentary delegation, which completed its five-day visit to Washington on Saturday, of the need to end cross-border attacks if Pakistan wants its stance on Kashmir to be heard, Dawn reported today.
The US State Department had issued a statement after Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s meeting with the US Secretary of State John Kerry, Saying that Kerry “reiterated the need for Pakistan to prevent all terrorists from using Pakistani territory as safe havens”.
A Pakistani media report that the civilian government warned the country’s military leadership last week, saying that Pakistan would be completely isolated if it did not stop cross-border militant attacks, came up during a briefing to the media by Nawaz Sharif’s special envoys on Kashmir at the end of their US visit, reported Dawn.
Senator Mushahid Hussain Syed, one of the two envoys sent to the US to present Pakistan’s case on Kashmir, said there was complete consensus on this issue in parliament, where all parties have jointly drafted a 22-point resolution, asking the government to end militancy. “There is no role for militancy in policy- making and non-state actors cannot be allowed to operate from the Pakistani territory,” he said
The militancy, particularly cross-border attacks, was an issue that the delegation had to confront at almost each of more than a dozen meetings it attended in Washington, says the report.
In the media briefing. the envoys also said that the United States was doing “positive pushing and prodding” for reducing tensions between India and Pakistan.
“There is no alternative for talks. And this is a message that the Americans are also sending to both India and Pakistan,” said the other envoy, MNA Shezra Mansab Ali, while explaining why she believed India and Pakistan would soon engage one another for reducing tensions, as per Dawn.
Mushahid Hussain said the US would not be surprised if Prime Minister Narendra Modi finally came to Islamabad to attend the Saarc summit “and embrace Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif”.
He hoped that the new US administration would be different from the Obama administration, “which hopefully would have more balanced, strategic, sustained and consistent policy”, as per Dawn.