PM Nawaz Sharif’s US visit to help improve bilateral ties: FO

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Office, Friday hoped that the recent visit of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to United States will help strengthen the bilateral relations based on mutual respect.

Foreign Office Spokesman Aizaz Ahmed Chaudhry in weekly briefing here at Foreign Office said the visit of Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif to United States remained successful and result oriented.

The visit was a new beginning in the Pak-US relations that will have long lasting results”, he remarked.

He said expert level working group meetings on energy and war against terrorism and other matters will be held in near future which is the real outcome of the visit.

The meeting between Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and US President Obama, he said was as per expectations. He hoped that US will review its policy on drone attacks following the meeting with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

The Nawaz-Obama meeting will pave the way for the success of Energy working Group meeting in November this year and Strategic Group Meeting next year.

The Spokesman said that Pakistan strives for good relations with all its neighbors including Afghanistan and India to ensure peace and security in the region.

Referring to Pak-India relations, the spokesman said Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif briefed the US President Obama on the progress in the improvement of these ties and stressed the need that Pakistan and India should join hands to fight against terrorism.

Pakistan has already expressed serious concerns over recent violations of ceasefire on the Line of Control (LoC) by India, he said and pointed out that the Indian troops in recent days have intensified unprovoked shelling on the working boundary and targeted twenty seven Pakistani posts.

The Spokesman said the recent violation of LoC by India has resulted in the death of two civilians and one security personnel.

He said despite these violations? Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has extended a hand of friendship to India and he has repeatedly expressed Pakistan’s desire to have good neighborly relations with India.

The spokesperson said that India should respect the ceasefire and reciprocate to Pakistan’s sincere efforts for peace and stability in the region.

Replying to a question about reports that Pakistani troops also resorted to attacks on Indian posts the spokesperson clarified, “We had no intention to create agitation and Pakistani troops follow a policy of not indulging in firing first.” They only retaliate when fired upon, he added.