In a testimony before the US Senate Armed Services Committee, General Joseph Votel, Commander of the US Central Command warned that conventional conflict between Pakistan and India could escalate into a Nuclear Exchange.

Gen. Joseph said that by seeking to isolate Pakistan, India is creating an obstruction to the development of communication between the two countries.

He said Indian Policy is causing further deterioration in relations between the two countries.

Furthermore, India’s Public Policy to ‘diplomatically isolate’ Pakistan Hinders any prospects for improved relations.

Additionally, the American General said, the need for an increased focus on Pakistan’s Eastern Border detracts from its efforts to secure the Western Border with Afghanistan.

The Centcom Commander lauded promising coordination between the Pak-Afghan Militaries.

He added the US government was encouraged by Military Operation Radd-ul-Fasaad in which they set up simultaneous multiple blocking positions along the Afghanistan-Pakistan Border.

General Votel maintained that the Pak-US relationship remains a very important one.

He said we look forward to continuing our engagement with the Pakistani Military Leadership, to include the New Chief of the Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa in the days ahead as we work together in pursuit of shared interests.

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