Pakistan, US strategic allies since long: PM Nawaz

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The comments come after Reuters news agency quoted two USA officials last month as saying the administration was considering hardening its attitude toward Islamabad because of the ease with which Pakistan-based militants have been able to launch attacks across the border in Afghanistan.

A US Senate delegation led by top Republican John McCain flew over Pakistan's tribal areas on Monday after meeting Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to discuss regional security, as Washington gears up to send more troops to neighbouring Afghanistan.

Sunday's statement comes as McCain, who also heads the Senate Armed Services Committee, met with Pakistan's army chief general.

Aziz stressed Pakistan's belief in Kashmir's right to self-determination in the meeting with the U.S. senators, the foreign ministry statement said.

Senator McCain agreed that continued close cooperation between the USA and Pakistan was essential for securing peace and stability in the region.

Pakistan argues that it has done a great deal to help the United States in tracking down terrorists and points out that it has suffered hundreds of deaths in militants attacks in response to its crackdowns.


Pakistan angrily reacted to the USA decision to include a Kashmiri leader Syed Salahuddin in the list of foreign terrorists. "Adviser noted that QCG process remains a credible and effective vehicle to facilitate reconciliation and restore peace, stability and economic prosperity in Afghanistan", the statement reads.

Aziz also said that Pakistan was ready to strengthen and deepen its partnership with the U.S to counter emerging terrorism threats including the expanding footprint of Daesh in the region.

Aziz for his part vowed Pakistan remained committed to "constructive engagement" with the USA in the efforts to create a "stable and prosperous" Afghanistan.

USA critics say Islamabad is not doing enough to crack down on extremist networks.

Pakistan has received billions in U.S. aid since the invasion of Afghanistan in 2001.

Prime Minister underscored his government's commitment to good neighborly relations and highlighted various initiatives to improve relations with Afghanistan and India.

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