PM briefs Saudi Crown Prince, New Zealand PM about atrocities in IHK


New York—Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif met Saudi Crown Prince and Deputy Prime Minister Prince Mohammed Bin Naif Bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud and Prime minister of New Zealand John Key in New York. Sartaj Aziz, Adviser to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs, Syed Tariq Fatemi, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs and Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry assisted the Prime Minister during the meeting.
In his meeting with Saudi Crown Prince, both leaders expressed satisfaction on the excellent state of bilateral ties between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia, which are both important pillars of the Muslim world. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif reaffirmed Pakistan’s unequivocal support for protection of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Saudi Arabia against any threat.
The PM raised the question of state atrocities in the Indian Occupied Jammu & Kashmir during the meeting and said that the entire state of Jammu & Kashmir has been reduced to a jail by the Indian Occupation forces.
Referring to the recent threatening statements from the Indian Government, the Prime Minister said that such statements will put in danger regional peace and stability.
The Prime Minister stressed that the international community needs to realize the gravity of the issue and should play its role to resolve this political issue through dialogue according to the wishes and aspirations of the people of Jammu & Kashmir in accordance with the UNSC resolutions. Kashmiri people must be allowed to decide about their destiny, the PM said.
He shared details with the Saudi Crown Prince of Pakistan’s successful Operation Zarb-e-Azb against terrorists as well as the National Action Plan which is aimed at eliminating extremism from the country.
There was a need for a collective response by the Muslim world to defeat and eliminate this threat from the region, both the leaders reiterated.
The two sides also exchanged views on the regional situation, particularly peace efforts in Afghanistan, as well as Syria, Iraq and Yemen. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif highlighted the need to forge unity and harmony within the Muslim world. Other issues discussed during the meeting included energy cooperation, economic ties, as well as the role of the community in Saudi Arabia.
Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif also met Prime Minister John Key of New Zealand on the sidelines of the 71st UN General Assembly session in New York.
While expressing satisfaction on the state of bilateral relations, both the leaders exchanged views on matters of bilateral, regional and global concern.
Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif highlighted the potential for enhancement of bilateral trade and investment in the backdrop of improved security situation in the country, investors friendly policies of the present government and immense potential for foreign investors in variety of fields in Pakistan.—INP