John McCain Holds Meetings With Officials Of Indian-Administered Kashmir

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US Senator John McCain on Tuesday held a meeting “on various important issues” with Jammu and Kashmir Governor N.N. Vohra in Srinagar. A statement issued from the Indian government said that the chief of Indian army’s northern division, of which the Muslim-majority Kashmir is a vital part, and the army chief of Kashmir also attended the discussion. McCain later held a separate meeting with Chief Minister of Kashmir Omar Abdullah. Details of these consultations weren’t disclosed to the media.

The meetings could be meant to pressure Pakistan and extract more cooperation from the country in the war against terror. These contacts have taken place in the backdrop of the arrest of prominent Kashmir activist Dr. Ghulam Nabi Fai in Washington DC. Dr. Fai was arrested on charges that he was operating under the instructions of Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) of Pakistan.