Pakistan wants Trump admin to help resolve Kashmir issue: Dar

Offers to help the US stabilise the region as Washington ramps up its fight in Afghanistan

APP April 27, 2017
US President Donald Trump. PHOTO: AFP

NEW YORK: Pakistan wants the Trump administration to help resolve its decades-old conflict with India over Kashmir and has offered to help the US stabilise the region as Washington ramps up its fight in Afghanistan.

"We expect the US as a common friend to facilitate, encourage the [Kashmir] issue is resolved amicably, in accordance with UN Resolutions ASAP [as soon as possible]," Finance Minister Ishaq Dar has said.

In an interview published in The Wall Street Journal on Wednesday, Dar said Kashmir is a key request for Pakistan. The finance minister, who is in the US these days, also emphasised that Islamabad seeks a reset of its relationship with Washington.

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"There seems to be a little bit of a stalemate in the last couple of years," Dar said.

Dar, who spoke to the newspaper ahead of his meeting with the US National Security Adviser Lt Gen HR McMaster, said, "We need to remove any ambiguities that we have between each other as friends."

Noting that US relationship with Pakistan was ‘complicated’, Ian Talley – who interviewed the minister – wrote that Washington still sees Islamabad as critical to its efforts in Afghanistan as the Trump administration intensifies its attacks on Islamic State and the Taliban.

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In a signal of a shift in US policy in the region under President Donald Trump, the military earlier this month dropped one of its largest non-nuclear bomb on an Islamic State complex in eastern Afghanistan.

The Trump administration is reviewing its policy towards Pakistan, the report said citing an unnamed White House official. In the interview, Dar questioned the effectiveness of the US strategy, however.


PakArmy Luver | 4 years ago | Reply Every country including USA, Russia, China and Saudi Arabia agree that the Kashmir dispute is a bilateral issue between India and Pakistan and that both countries should work together to resolve this issue. No country wants to become a go between. No amount of lobbying by Pakistan can changes this now.
Feroz | 4 years ago | Reply Even if Trump supports the Pakistani position at best he can only ignore India, the US having no leverage at all. The US provides Military and Financial Aid to Pakistan and not India which it does not aid but its Corporations earn billions of Dollars from. Trump is a businessman and as one he will not spend a Dollar on Pakistan or anywhere else without getting moneys worth. By putting greater barriers and multiple restrictions on movement of Indian IT professionals with H1B visas, Trump has not really improved his bargaining position either. India and the US both understand the language of give and take.
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