RAWALPINDI (9 News) – US Senators Chris Van Hollen and Maggi Hassan called on Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa at GHQ and discussed Kashmir issue.
According to the statement by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), the matters pertaining to mutual interest and overall regional security situation including the Afghan reconciliation process and Kashmir issue were discussed, during the meeting.
The visiting dignitaries acknowledged Pakistan’s efforts for regional peace and stability. Both the sides stressed upon importance of strong bilateral relationship between the US and Pakistan in and beyond security cooperation.
On the occasion, COAS Gen Bajwa lauded the US understanding and support on all the need for resolving the Kashmir issue and for Pakistan’s efforts in Afghanistan.
The US Chargé d’Affaires Ambassador Paul Jones was also present in the meeting.
Earlier today, Prime Minister (PM) Imran Khan thanked US Senators Chris Van Hollen and Maggi Hassan who called on him at his office.
During the meeting, the prime minister said that Modi-led BJP government has distorted the face of India in front of the world. He also clarified the US senators that dialogues with Indian PM Narendra Modi are not possible due to the curfew and communication blockade in Indian Occupied Kashmir.
While warning the international community, PM Khan reiterated that India and Pakistan are both nuclear powers and it would have dire consequences.
The Afghan peace process was also discussed in the meeting. The premier said that the US and Taliban want peace in Afghanistan, adding that peace process should be discussed in phases.
On the other hand, in Occupied Kashmir, the lockdown continues on the 64th consecutive day, on Monday, with all shops, main markets and educational institutions shut and public transport off the road in scenic Kashmir Valley and parts of Jammu region.
As the territory entered the third month of the humanitarian crisis triggered by the Indian government’s decision to abrogate special status of Jammu and Kashmir on August 5, normal life continues to remain paralyzed. Internet connectivity stands closed. The train between Baramulla and Banihal continues to be frozen for more than nine weeks.