ANKARA - Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif Wednesday expressed satisfaction over the progress of the government committee holding talks with the Taliban to bring an end to the acts of terrorism in the country.
According to media reports, the Prime Minister told the reporters that the armed forces of the country were supportive of the peace initiative of the government. He said the Taliban have assured of action against those who had committed acts of terrorism in the recent days. He hoped positive outcome of the talks.
To a question, the prime minister said democracy and stability in Afghanistan were vital for peace in Pakistan.
About Pakistan-India relations, the prime minister said the situation along the Line of Control in Kashmir has improved after a meeting of the Director Generals of Military Operations of both sides, where it was agreed that neither side will resort to any firing.
He said Pakistan has also urged the United Nations to play its role in helping resolve the Kashmir dispute. He said Pakistan wants the issue resolved and has also asked India to come to the negotiating table.
Nawaz Sharif said he also discussed the matter with the US President Barak Obama during his recent visit to the United States.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif also attended a dinner hosted by Turkish President Abdullah Gul here at the Presidential Palace. Afghan President Hamid Karzai was also present on the occasion. Prime Minister Sharif is in Turkey to represent Pakistan at the 8th Afghanistan-Pakistan-Turkey Trilateral Summit. The Summit is aimed at furthering high-level political dialogue, security cooperation and development partnership among the three brotherly countries for promoting peace and stability in Afghanistan.
In Islamabad, Foreign Office spokesperson Tasneem Aslam Wednesday said supporting peace and reconciliation in Afghanistan is part of Pakistan’s foreign policy.
Talking to Radio Pakistan on Wednesday, she said peace in Afghanistan will also have good impact on Pakistan. She said Pakistan-Afghanistan-Turkey Trilateral Summit is being organised at a time when transition is going to take place in Afghanistan.
She said presidential elections will be held in Afghanistan this year and withdrawal of NATO forces from Afghanistan will also take place. The spokesperson said the forum provides good opportunity to the member countries to resolve and discuss different issues.
Taking part in the programme, Pakistan’s Ambassador to Turkey Haroon Shaukat said the trilateral summit assumes special significance as it takes place in the backdrop of political and military transition in Afghanistan.
He said Turkey enjoys cordial relations with Pakistan and Afghanistan and therefore, is trying to facilitate reconciliation process aimed at restoring peace and stability in war-torn Afghanistan.
He said the summit would discuss matters relating to confidence building in Afghanistan as well as its security and economic environment.
To a question, the ambassador said Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif would hold wide-ranging talks with Turkish leadership on ways and means to strengthen bilateral relations in different sectors.
He said the prime minister would also meet heads of some of the major Turkish companies to explore possibilities of cooperation especially in power and infrastructure fields.