Sir Mark Lyall Grant, National Security Adviser (United Kingdom) called on Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif at PM House this morning.
Paying rich tributes to the sacrifices made in the war against terrorism, Sir Mark Lyall Grant commended the government for achieving substantial successes in this war. The National Security Advisor (NSA) acknowledged the huge sacrifices made by the armed forces, police and other law enforcing agencies in the war against terrorists. He said that the commitment of political government and armed forces, supported by the people of Pakistan have resulted into phenomenal victory against terrorism.
Sir Mark Lyall Grant congratulated the Prime Minister on successfully completing the IMF support programme and achieving macroeconomic stability. ‘It was exceedingly positive to learn from DFID that Pakistan is showing remarkable improvement in the health and education sectors’, added the NSA.
The National Security Advisor appreciated the Prime Minister’s policy of reaching out to the neighbour countries for establishing cordial relationships with them. ‘We encourage and support your efforts for peaceful cooperation with your neighbouring countries’, added the NSA.
Welcoming the National Security Advisor, Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif said that Pakistan is peace loving country and pursues the policy of maintaining friendly relationships with all its neighbours. The Prime Minister said that the issue of Indian Occupied Kashmir (IOK) is the core issue between India and Pakistan and its resolution would ensure durable peace in the region. The Prime Minister said that Kashmir issue must be resolved according to the UN resolutions as per the commitments made by the Indian Government. ‘The world community must take a note of the grave human rights violations and atrocities committed by Indian forces in the Indian Occupied Kashmir.
The Prime Minister said that it is high time that long standing issue of IOK is resolved as per the aspirations of the people of Kashmir; guaranteed to them by the UN resolutions. ‘More than hundred innocent people have been brutally killed, hundreds have been blinded by the use of pellet guns while thousands have been injured in the last few months alone’, added the Prime Minister.