LONDON: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has said that the policy of the government is clear on the issue of drone attacks and there should be no ambiguity. He said the dialogues with the Taliban were obstructed due to outburst of violence in the country. He said that grave efforts are required to be made for progress of the process of dialogues with the Taliban.
Talking to media persons in London during a stop-over on his way to Washington, the Prime Minister reiterated that missile attacks are against territorial integrity and sovereignty of Pakistan.
Nawaz Sharif said that he would present Pakistan’s viewpoint on various national and international issues to the US administration.
“Pakistan’s policy on all maters is clear and we have nothing to hide or be shy about, we want to work with the US and other world powers as a responsible country,” he said.
Nawaz Sharif asserted that he would discuss the issue again with the US leadership during his visit. The Prime Minister claimed that all political forces of Pakistan were on the same pages regarding talks with Taliban insurgents.
He said that all out efforts would be made for protection of the rights of Pakistanis living abroad. He said that US wants to jointly work with world powers including Pakistan.
It is worth mentioning here that this is Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s first official visit to US since he assumed office in June this year, and first of a Pakistani prime minister in five years.
Senator John Kerry will hold talks with Nawaz Sharif in Washington who is due to meet US President Obama on Wednesday.
The two sides will hold wide-ranging talks besides discussing ways to strengthen relations in defence and economic sectors, US cooperation in Pakistan’s energy sector, civil nuclear technology for Islamabad, Pak-Iran gas pipeline, US 2014 withdrawal from Afghanistan and the tension with India along the Line of Control (LoC).
In addition to meeting with President Obama, the Prime Minister will also meet Vice President Biden and interact with Members of Congress. Senior US Government officials will also call on the Prime Minister, officials said.
The Prime Minister will attend a business event organized by US-Pakistan Business Council, address the United States Institute of Peace and interact with the Pakistani-American community.