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.
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.
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.”
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”.