Pakistan’s Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said that his country is willing to discuss the issue of Kashmir without conditions….reports Asian Lite News
Mr Khan was addressing the media after meeting British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and other leaders in London. He also met Prime Minister Theresa May and former prime minister David Cameron and other leaders including Home Secretary Amber Rudd and National Security Adviser (NSA) Sir Mark Lyall Grant.
Mrs May has accepted an invitation to visit Pakistan in the first half of 2017.
During the meeting with the Foreign Secretary, the Pakistani minister lashes out at India for putting regional security at risk.
“India has closed its doors for talks putting regional security at risk,” Mr Khan said. “Pakistan will not be brow beaten by such tactics. The brazen and unprovoked killing of our soldiers will not go unchallenged.”
The Interior Minister put the onus for the deterioration of Indo-Pak relations squarely on India.
In talks with Mr Johnson, Mr Khan also raised the issue of Indian involvement in the internal affairs of Pakistan, terming India as the biggest irritant to peace in the region.
Regarding the Kashmir issue the Interior Minister said that Pakistan is ready to discuss the issue of Kashmir without conditions. He said Pakistan would continue to support the just rights of the Kashmiri people and their struggle.
Mr Khan met National Security Adviser (NSA) Sir Mark Lyall Grant at 10 Downing Street.
Discussing ongoing war against terrorism, the Interior Minister said that menace of terrorism was a threat to the region and the international peace and tranquillity. He said that people of Pakistan and its national security institutions were determined to completely wiping out terrorism from its soil.
The Interior Minister also shared the gains made through Operation Zarb-e-Azb, and achievements made under National Action Plan (NAP). The Minister said that overall security situation in Pakistan has improved significantly during the last three years. Over the issue of regional situation, the Interior Minister told Sir Mark that, “a peaceful and stable Afghanistan is in the interest of Pakistan”.
He asserted that friendly relations of Pakistan with its neighbouring countries are based on the principle of reciprocity, which is a fundamental and important element of Pakistan’s Foreign Policy.
Highlighting the immense sacrifices of people of Pakistan and security institutions during the ongoing war against terrorism, the Interior Minister said the people of Pakistan believe that there would be no discrimination at international level on this sensitive issue and the world must acknowledge the role Pakistan had played for global peace.
The Minister said that the Government and people of Pakistan desire peace and greatly appreciate the cooperation of international community in this regard. British NSA Sir Mark Lyall Grant in his remarks 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.
British Foreign Secretary appreciated the efforts of the Pakistani government and its role in the region and for peace and development in Afghanistan.
Over the issue of Afghanistan the Interior Minister emphasised that despite Pakistan’s sincere efforts for building peace and stability in Afghanistan, the response from the Afghan side has been marked with unfounded suspicion and baseless allegations.
The Minister said that international community should acknowledge the efforts of Pakistan made for a peaceful Afghanistan since it would also be beneficial for peace in the entire region.
Earlier Mr Khan met Cameron in London. The two leaders discussed a whole gamut of issues related to Pakistan-UK relations and the progress achieved so far in various agreed areas.
The former prime minister appreciated Pakistan’s efforts in promoting stability in the region and particularly in Afghanistan. He said that he would continue to work for close Pak-UK relations in his personal capacity. He wished the Government and the people of Pakistan well for the future.