WASHINGTON: Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has told US senators that, given India’s resistance to bilaterally solve the Kashmir dispute, it would be necessary to have third party intervention and that the US was the ‘most relevant’ nation which could play that role.
Dawn newspaper, quoting official sources, said Sharif had said this during a meeting between US senators and the Pakistan delegation on the second day of his visit to Washington, on Wednesday. Chair of the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee Senator Bob Corker along with Ranking Member Senator Ben Cardin received Sharif and his delegation at the Capitol Hill, the report said.
Sharif reportedly briefed the meeting — which was attended by several senior members of the committee — about his recent peace initiative towards India announced in the UN General Assembly (UNGA) session.
On the same day, Pakistan handed over three dossiers to US Secretary of State John Kerry on India’s “involvement in subversive activities in the country”.
Outlining his vision of a peaceful neighbourhood, Sharif reiterated his government’s commitment to remain engaged with the Afghan leadership to enhance mutual coordination in dealing with the common challenges of terrorism and promoting peace and reconciliation in Afghanistan, the report said.
The Pakistan delegation also included Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, Defence Minister Khawaja Asif, Advisor on National Security and Foreign Affairs Sartaz Aziz, Special Assistant Tariq Fatemi and Ambassador of Pakistan to the US Jalil Abbas Jilani.
The Senate Foreign Relations Committee is among the important standing committees of the US Congress with the mandate to oversee US foreign policy.
Sharif arrived in Washington on Tuesday for an official four-day visit. During the visit, he is scheduled to hold discussions on wide-ranging issues of bilateral interest with President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and various Cabinet members.