WASHINGTON: Member of Parliament and Special Envoy of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Indian held Kashmir, Mushahid Hussain has said the recent escalation in Pak-India tensions could adversely affect the war against terrorism on Pakistan’s western borders.

Addressing Pakistani & Kashmiri Diaspora at a dinner held at Pakistan Embassy in Washington, DC, Mushahid Hussain said the conflict between the two nuclear-armed rivals is not only detrimental to the stability of the region but also hinders the United States’ policies and objectives pertaining to the region.

The envoy apprised the community members about the current situation in Indian held Kashmir and human rights violations by Indian security forces in the valley. He also briefed the audience about his meetings with think tanks and various officials of the US State Department aimed at promoting awareness about the latest freedom movement in Indian held Kashmir.

Senator Mushahid Hussain said that the Kashmir dispute is not at all about territory but about giving innocent Kashmiris, who are suffering at the hands of oppressive Indian forces, their due rights. He added that the situation has become worse following the extra-judicial killing of a young Kashmiri freedom fighter Burhan Wani on July 8 2016 which infused new vigour among the Kashmiri youth.

He called upon the US to mediate for peaceful resolution of the Kashmir issue and said that Pakistan is committed to highlighting the Kashmir dispute at international platforms.

Mushahid Hussain said he will meet President Obama’s security team at the White House on Friday where he will discuss the escalating Pak-India tensions and Indian human rights abuses in held Kashmir.

He added that Pakistan is not isolated at a diplomatic level and pointed out that China’s investment of 46 billion dollars in Pakistan is a reflection of trust in the country’s future.

Mushahid Hussain lauded Pakistan’s efforts in not letting India become a member of the Nuclear Suppliers Group. He also said that the United Nations’ decision to send independent observers to held Kashmir is a win for Pakistan.