KARACHI: US Senator John McCain has assured former president Asif Ali Zardari that the bill to designate Pakistan as a state sponsor for terrorism will not be successful. McCain also pointed out that the bill had been moved by a small minority in Congress and would not garner support in Congress.
McCain assured his support in telephonic conversation with the former President on Friday where both the leaders discussed bilateral and international issues.
McCain during the conversation acknowledged the sacrifices made by Pakistan in the fight against terrorism as well.
The former president added that Pakistan itself is a victim of terrorism and will never support terrorism.
Both the leaders also agreed that it is in the interest of peace and stability that Pakistan continues to play its part in the fight against the global threat of terrorism.
Both shed light upon the recent situation in Kashmir as well. The PPP co-chairman told the senator that Indian propaganda is being used against Pakistan to hide the atrocities being committed by the Indian forces against the Kashmiris from the world.
Zardari reiterated that Pakistan wants to resolve the Kashmir dispute through dialogue and that dialogue is the only way forward.
Published in The Express Tribune, September 25th, 2016.