US asks Pakistan and India to resolve Kashmir issue through dialogue

US asks Pakistan and India to resolve Kashmir issue through dialogue
WASHINGTON: US urged Pakistan and India to resolve the Kashmir dispute through dialogues to reduce tensions in the region.


A joint statement was released by US and Pakistan said “US and Pakistan emphasized the importance of meaningful dialogue in support of peaceful resolution of outstanding issues, including Kashmir.”


It also said “The delegation underscored that all parties in the region should continuously act with maximum restraint and work collaboratively towards reducing tensions.”


The statement came after a 6th Pak-US strategic level meeting in Washington.


Kashmir is a disputed issue between Pakistan and India since independence in 1947 and two wars  have also been fought on Kashmir issue.


Pakistan always raised voice for Kashmir on international platforms but India wanted to hold Kashmir by brute force.


Indian forces have killed tens of thousands of Kashmiris which demand for independence or merger with Pakistan.


US also urged Pakistan to reduce its nuclear arsenal but Pakistan opposed the unilateral sanctions in the region.


Pakistan claimed that its nuclear programme is for its security from its rival India who is rapidly modernizing its military force.


India has increased its military budget and remained the top buyer of international arms in the recent research report.


Pakistan’s Finance Minister Ishaq Dar said “Pakistan will not cut back its nuclear arsenal even if the country's debts mount to $100 trillion.”