London: British Foreign Secretary William Hague paid a courtesy call on Prime Minister of Pakistan Muhammad Nawaz Sharif this morning and discussed various issues of mutual interest. The Prime Minister expressed his appreciation of the continuity of the British Government’s support to resolve outstanding issues between Pakistan and India.
Speaking on Pakistan-India relations, the Prime Minister said that more than six decades of mutual mistrust between the two countries resulted in to enhanced defence spending at the expense of their social sectors. This tit for tat policy must end now so that conditions of the people of the two countries could be ameliorated. He stated that Pakistan was keen to resolve all outstanding issues with India through dialogue. However, he said that resolution of Kashmir issue was possible only when all the three stakeholders—Pakistan, India, and Kashmiris — were on board.
The Prime Minister further said that Pakistan wanted peace in Afghanistan and was ready to offer all possible support in this regard. He also emphasized on the need of effective border management system between Pakistan and Afghanistan so that the issue of cross border infiltration could be addressed.
Mr. Hague welcomed Pakistan’s approach of reconciliation towards resolving all outstanding issues with India and Afghanistan through dialogue and said that he was impressed by Pakistan’s efforts to create enabling environment for negotiations.
Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, Adviser on Foreign Affairs & National Security Mr Sartaj Aziz, Minister of State IT & Telecom Ms. Amusha Rahman Ahmad Khan, Minister of State for Commerce Engr Khurram Dastgir Khan, Foreign Secretary Jalil Abbas Jilani, Mr Fawad Hasan Fawad, Acting Secretary to the Prime Minister and Pakistan High Commissioner for UK Mr Wajid Shamsul Hasan were present during this meeting.