ISLAMABAD: High Commissioner of United Kingdom to Pakistan Philip Barton called on Federal Minister for Interior and Narcotics Control Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan here on Tuesday and discussed overall security situation in the region with particular reference to FATA and Afghanistan.
The Minister said that peace in Afghanistan is key to peace in entire region and Pakistan will continue to work closely with new Afghan government for establishing lasting peace in the region.
He hoped that durable peace would prevail in the region especially in FATA as a result of government’s policy of dialogue.
He added that government was trying to expedite this process of dialogue with positive outcome without any inordinate delay.
Expressing his views on bilateral relations between Pakistan and UK, the Minister said that both countries enjoy decades old political and economic relations which have now flowered into “special relationship”.
This has been manifested through exchange of high profile visits between the two countries. He also praised the institutional support of UK in capacity building of civil armed forces of Pakistan.
The High Commissioner appreciated the commitment of present government of Pakistan in putting the country on the path of peace and development.
He also highlighted the areas where UK could play a more vibrant role like policing, counter terrorism, anti human and drug trafficking.
Appreciating the recently announced National Internal Security Policy, the Higher Commissioner particularly mentioned the cooperation build up in this sector in recent past.
He hoped that forthcoming visit of Prime Minister would add to already strong relationship between two countries.
The Minister said that close Pakistan-UK relations can play very important role in improving geo-political situation of the region.