“Pakistan is vital to United States national security interests for a broad variety of reasons, including the nuclear inventory that Pakistan has, including the fact that Pakistan’s role in the region is vital, not to mention relations with India,” the former Republican presidential candidate said at a Washington think-tank
McCain said the America’s mistake in breaking military relations with Pakistan in the 1990s still continues to impact their bilateral ties.
“One of the gravest mistakes in recent history was the so-called Pressler Amendment, which basically cut off our military-to- military relations, and we are paying, still paying a very heavy price for.
The seasoned lawmaker opposed the notion that Pakistan is a failed state. He was answering a question by former PPP senator and World Bank official Dr Akbar Khawaja in the context of Pakistan’s importance and the upcoming NATO Summit Chicago.
At the same time, McCain alleged that there were links between the Pakistani intelligence and the Afghan Haqqani group, which, he said, carries out activities that kill Americans in Afghanistan.
“But whether we are successful in persuading them or not, Pakistan will remain a country that is vital to United States national security interests,” he noted.
Sources: MGCT, CSIS,
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