I will visit Pakistan in 2017: British PM Theresa May

I will visit Pakistan in 2017: British PM Theresa May

ISLAMABAD: British Prime Minister Theresa May says she was looking forward to a visit to Pakistan, in the first half of next year.

She was talking to Interior Minister Ch. Nisar Ali Khan in London today.

The British Prime Minister also conveyed her good wishes to the Prime Minister and the people of Pakistan.

The Interior Minister expressed the confidence that relations between the two countries would achieve higher profile during her leadership. He hoped that cooperation at all levels, between Pakistan and the UK, would receive a great boost and momentum after her forthcoming visit to Pakistan.

The Interior Minister also emphasized that Prime Minister May’s visit to Pakistan is most relevant and timely in context to regional scenario prevailing in South Asia. It would open new channels of bilateral and multi-lateral cooperation and coordination.

In his meeting with National Security Adviser Sir Mark Lyall Grant, the Interior Minister impressed upon him the need for the international community, particularly our friends to focus and react to the Indian intransigence in the region.

He said that India’s hegemonic stance and its aggressive posturing was a threat to peace and stability. He stated that Pakistan would not be cowed down by such tactics, adding that we reserve the right to avenge the blatant and unprovoked killing of our soldiers. He further stressed that the world and our friends needed to do more to counter Indian designs against Pakistan and should stop seeing South Asia through the Indian prism.

The Minister said that people of Pakistan and its national security institutions were determined to completely wipe out terrorism from its soil.

He asserted that friendly relations of Pakistan with its neighbouring countries are based on the principle of reciprocity.

British Adviser appreciated sacrifices of the people of Pakistan, who have lost their lives in the war against terrorism.

He assured that the UK would continue to provide every possible assistance for the welfare and socio-economic development of the people besides strengthening Pak-UK friendly ties.


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