Visiting US senator John McCain took a tough stand over “troubling connections” of Pakistan security with terror groups and felt that the situation in Kashmir has improved.
“The troubling connection remains between Pakistan's military and terrorist groups like the Haqqani network and Lashkar e-Taiba who are killing Indians, Afghans and Pakistanis,” McCain said, after his visit to Jammu and Kashmir.
The Republican, who lost the battle for the White House in 2008, said: “I am encouraged from what I saw in Kashmir, the sense of security returning to one of the most exquisite beautiful places on Earth.”
He also said: “Kashmir is an internal matter and it was not the US or any other nation's place to comment on sovereign affairs of a country.”
He met National Security Advisor Shivshankar Menon on Thursday and discussed a swathe of issues relating to the burgeoning India-US strategic partnership. “The US has a stake in India's success,” he said and expressed confidence that the India-US relationship would be indispensable partnership of the 21st century.
When about his meeting with Pakistan Army Chief Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, McCain said the focus was on the changing ties between the US and Pakistan. He also spoke about the increasing realisation among Americans on the connections between Pakistan military and terrorist groups such as Haqqani network and LeT.