ISLAMABAD: British Prime Minister Theresa May on Tuesday said
she was looking forward to visiting Pakistan, in the first half of 2017 (Pakistan Update).
The British prime minister also expressed these views as she walked
into a meeting of Minister for Interior Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan with
National Security Adviser (NSA) Sir Mark Lyall Grant at 10 Downing
Speaking to the Interior Minister, Prime Minister May also conveyed
her good wishes to the Prime Minister and the people of Pakistan, according
to a message received here from London.
The interior minister also congratulated Ms May on the assumption of the
office of the Prime Minister and hoped that relations between the two
countries would achieve higher profile during her leadership.
He further hoped that cooperation at all levels, between Pakistan and
the UK, would receive a great boost and momentum after her forthcoming
visit to Pakistan.
Nisar also emphasized that Prime Minister May’s visit to Pakistan is most
relevant and timely in context of regional scenario prevailing in South Asia
and would open new channels of bilateral and multi-lateral cooperation and
Meeting with NSA
In his meeting with NSA, the interior minister also impressed upon him the
need for the international community, particularly friends, to focus and react
to the Indian intransigence in the region.
He also said that India’s hegemonic stance and its aggressive posturing was a
threat to peace and stability in the region.
Nisar stated that Pakistan would not be cowed down by such tactics, adding that
“we reserve the right to avenge the blatant and unprovoked killing of our soldiers.”
He further stressed that the world and our friends needed to do more to
counter Indian designs against Pakistan and should stop seeing South Asia
through the Indian prism.
Furthermore, 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 also said that people of Pakistan and its national security institutions were
determined to completely wiping out terrorism from its soil.
Nisar also shared the gains made through Operation Zarb-e-Azb, and achievements
made under National Action Plan (NAP).
The minister also said that overall security situation in Pakistan has improved
significantly during the last three years.
About regional situation, the interior minister informed the British NSA
that, “a peaceful and stable Afghanistan is in the interest of Pakistan”.