ISLAMABAD: Lauding Pakistan’s efforts in the fight against terror, Chairman Military Committee North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO), General Peter Pavel said that the issue of Kashmir has to be addressed as two nuclear powers are party to it.
General Pavel during a meeting with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Thursday termed Pakistan a key NATO partner, according to a PM House statement issued on Thursday.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif informed him about the human rights violation in Indian-held Kashmir and that how India was trying to involve Pakistan into a military camp attack.
“India does not realise that the youth of IoK have re-energised the freedom struggle. We want peaceful relations with all of our neighbours. Pakistan would continue to extend moral, diplomatic and political support to the Kashmir cause. The atrocities by the Indian forces have resulted in the loss of precious human lives and blinded hundreds through the use of brutal force,” PM said.
On the issue of border tension between Pakistan and India, General Pavel said that the world and the UN have to be consistent with their principles and rules.
“I have listened to your yesterday’s speech in the Parliament where you eloquently expressed the issue of Kashmir. The Kashmir issue has to be addressed as two nuclear powers are party to it and the world cannot remain indifferent and must be concerned,” the NATO envoy said.
General Pavel said that the scale of Pakistan’s counter-terrorism campaign was huge with impressive results, and mentioned that the country had shown great progress against militancy in the last couple of years.
“We expect a broader political framework agreement between Pakistan and NATO to unlock further mutual military cooperation,” General Pavel said.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said his government had a stated policy on Afghanistan, which he expressed from the day first on assumption of his office.
“We have conveyed to the leadership of Afghanistan that the enemies of Afghanistan are the enemies of Pakistan and we have stood by our words,” he said.
He said even on Wednesday Pakistan had announced a help of $500 million in addition to an earlier support of $500 million for Afghanistan to assist them overcome problems and achieve stability during crucial times.
“We genuinely believe that stability in Afghanistan is important for achieving stability in our own country and the region,” added the Prime Minister.
He added that Pakistan’s civil and military leaderships were in touch with Afghanistan and had been facilitating the reconciliation process on the request of its government.
“I am highly impressed with the state of affairs, professional standards and approach of Pakistan Armed forces. I would like to acknowledge the comprehensive counter-terrorism strategy which has achieved a lot and there are many lessons for NATO to learn from it,” Chairman Military Committee NATO said.