US Can Play ‘Very Critical Role’ in Kashmir: Pak


Islamabad: Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has said that America can play a “very critical role” in resolving the Kashmir issue with India as he hoped to see proactive engagement by the Trump administration on the issue.

“With regards to Kashmir, America can play a very critical role, which it has not done,” Sharif was quoted as saying by the state-run Associated Press of Pakistan.

The prime minister said that the world, including the US, was well aware of the danger the dispute posed to world peace and to the stability in the region.

“We wish to see progress towards the resolution of the Kashmir dispute, which is the biggest hurdle in the way of peace and development in the region and the whole world, including the US, is fully aware of this reality,” he said.

Referring to the resolutions of the UN Security Council on Kashmir, Sharif said that the UN Security Council must also ensure the implementation of its resolutions as failure to do so is already raising many questions about its credibility.

Earlier this month, US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley had said the US would try and “find its place” in efforts to de-escalate Indo-Pak tensions and not wait till “something happens”, signalling an apparent change in the US stance of not engaging in Indo-Pak disputes.

“Its absolutely right that this administration is concerned about the relationship between India and Pakistan and very much wants to see how we de-escalate any sort of conflict going forward,” said Haley, a senior Indian-American member of the Trump.

Hours later, India had swiftly rejected any US role in resolving Indo-Pak issues.

However, Pakistans envoy to the US Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry had welcomed the US offer and said any positive role that the US plays to bring peace and stability in South Asia can serve the region well.

On Pakistan-US relations, Sharif said the two countries had a long history of bilateral relations and expressed hope that under President Trump, the bilateral ties would improve.

“We want trade not aid from the United States,” the prime minister said, adding that Pakistan wished to have cordial relations with all countries on the basis of mutual respect.

Referring to the mega projects being implemented under the China Pakistan Economic Corridor, he said that CPEC has a huge potential to generate economic activities in the entire region and Pakistan would welcome other countries to be part of it and share the benefits the multi-billion dollar project.

CPEC, an ambitious USD 46 billion project, will link the Pakistani city of Gwadar to Chinas Xinjiang via a vast network of highways and railways.



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