PM terms Kashmir issue resolution key to peace

ISLAMABAD: The national security adviser to the British prime minister, Sir Mark Lyall Grant, spent a busy day here on Monday during which he held meetings with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and other senior government functionaries, including military officials, who stressed the need for the resolution of the Kashmir issue for a lasting peace in the region.

Sir Grant called on the prime minister at the PM House in morning. Mr Sharif said during the meeting that the world community must take note of grave human rights violations and atrocities committed by Indian forces in held Kashmir.

The Kashmir dispute was the core issue between Pakistan and India and its resolution would ensure a durable peace in the region, Mr Sharif said, adding that the issue must be resolved according to UN resolutions.

He said the longstanding issue of Kashmir needed to be resolved as per the aspirations of the people of Kashmir which were guaranteed to them by the UN resolutions.

The prime minister informed the UK security adviser that over 100 innocent people had been killed, thousands injured and hundreds blinded by the use of pellet guns by Indian security forces in held Kashmir over the past few months.

Mr Sharif said Pakistan was a peace-loving country and pursued a policy of maintaining friendly relations with all its neighbours.

Sir Grant appreciated the policy of the Pakistan government of reaching out to neighbouring countries for establishing cordial relationships with them.

“We encourage and support your efforts for peaceful cooperation with your neighbouring countries”, he told the prime minister.

The UK security adviser paid tribute to the sacrifices made by Pakistan’s armed forces, police and other law enforcing agencies in the war against terror and commended the government for achieving substantial successes in this war.

He said the commitment of the political government and armed forces supported by the people of Pakistan had resulted in the phenomenal victory against terrorists.

Sir Grant later called on Chief of the Army Staff Gen Raheel Sharif at the GHQ, Rawalpindi. They discussed matters related to regional security.

The visiting dignitary was apprised of action taken by Pakistan to improve the security situation within the country, including the Zarb-i-Azb operation and the National Action Plan aimed at rooting terror networks out of the country.

Sir Grant acknowledged significant achievements made by Pakistan in their fight against terrorism and continued efforts for regional peace and stability.

The UK security adviser held separate meetings with Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan and National Security Adviser retired Lt Gen Nasser Khan Janjua.

In the meeting between Sir Grant and Mr Janjua, relations between Pakistan and Britain and other issues were discussed. The two advisers exchanged views on strategic stability of the region.

Mr Janjua highlighted Pakistan’s policy of ‘peaceful neighbourhood’ and briefed his interlocutor on steps being taken by Pakistan to improve relations with its neighbouring countries.

Published in Dawn October 25th, 2016

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