United States Central Command chief, General Joseph Votel has said that India’s policy to isolate Pakistan hinders prospects for improved relations between the two countries.
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General Votel testifying before the Senate Armed Services Committee, said the US government was encouraged by military operation Radd-ul-Fasaad. He said Pakistan’s military has been engaged in anti-terrorism campaign in tribal areas, while security of the eastern border will remain priority of the country.
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Central Command chief called the cooperation between the militaries of Pakistan and Afghanistan for stabilization of the border areas is encouraging. He told senators,“ a significant conventional conflict between Pakistan and India could escalate into a nuclear exchange, given that both are nuclear powers.”
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Saying “there are challenges with respect to the US-Pakistani relationship, we have endeavored to maintain a substantial level of engagement with our Pakistani military counterparts”.