Gen Sharif did not discuss ‘Indian dossiers’ in US: Pak army
Islamabad : Pakistan Army Chief Gen Raheel Sharif did not discuss with the US leadership the dossiers about alleged Indian interference in his country during his recent visit to Washington, a media report said today.
“It is an issue that is tackled by the embassy at appropriate levels and was not raised in the meetings (with US leaders),” army spokesman Lt Gen Asim Saleem Bajwa said.
Pakistan last month presented three dossiers to India, which according to previous official statements, contained proofs about alleged Indian involvement in Balochistan, Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) and Karachi.
Later, they were shared with the UN and US officials. Bajwa, who was part of a delegation led by Gen Sharif who visited the US last week, said that Kashmir was discussed in the meetings because it is key dispute that needed to be resolved for bringing peace and stability to the region.
Gen Sharif visited the US on his own as there was no official invitation either from his American counterpart or the Pentagon.
During his visit, Gen Sharif met US Vice President Joe Biden, Secretary of State John Kerry, Secretary of Defence Ashton Carter and other senior officials.
Bajwa said the army chief’s meetings focused on Pak-US relations, military to military ties, regional security and on the situation in Afghanistan.
“The meetings provided us with an opportunity to present Pakistan’s perspective clearly and forcefully and we did that. And we felt that it was appreciated,” Bajwa was quoted as saying by the Dawn.
Asked whether Americans also raised the nuclear issue at these meetings, Bajwa said: “Pakistan’s stance on the nuclear issue is very clear. It is focused on meeting a certain threat perception.”