US senator John McCain Visits J&K

BeyondHeadlines Special Correspondent

Sri Nagar: US senator John McCain yesterday arrived in Srinagar to meet Jammu and Kashmir Governor NN Vohra, Chief Minister Omar Abdullah and top army commanders. McCain paid this visit to the state three days after he met Pakistani leaders in Islamabad.

The discussions ranged from security to infiltration to terrorism to situation in Pakistan and Afghanistan. McCain’s visit comes in the backdrop of arrest of alleged Kashmiri separatist and alleged ISI agentGhulam Nabi Fai in the United States.

McCain met the J&K Governor NN Vohra at Raj Bhavan.

“During their wide ranging discussions lasting for about two hours, Senator McCain and the governor exchanged views on important issues,” said an official spokesman.

McCain, who was aRepublican presidential candidate against Barack Obama, later met Omar and both leaders discussed infiltration, terrorism and dialogue process.

“I discussed about infiltration,the situation vis a vis terrorism and law and order. We talked about economy of the state about tourists and social indicators,” Omar said.

McCain, who is the highest dignatory to have visited Kashmir in the last two decades of turmoil, however snubbed separatists by not meeting them.Separatists played down the incident saying it will not have any bearing on the Kashmir issue.


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