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‘We will protect the national interest of Pakistan during visit to US’: Nawaz Sharif

LONDON: On Monday, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif reassured that Pakistan’s national interests will be kept on high priority during his upcoming visit to the United States (US).

The premier was talking to media personnel in London while going to the US

“We will protect the national interests of Pakistan during my meetings with US leadership,” said the prime minister.

The PM, while responding to a question on recent reports in US media regarding Pakistan’s nuclear arsenal, and plans to limit it, stated that nobody should forget that Pakistan is a nuclear power

“We should not forget who the prime minister was in 1999 when we became a nuclear power.”

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif also said that solid and concrete evidence concerning India’s sponsoring of terrorism has been passed on to relevant people and organizations. The PM expressed hope that Pakistan’s concerns would be addressed.

It was also added by the premier that the ruling government will also put an end to the power crisis facing the country prior to the next general elections.

It was also expressed by the Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif that he felt disappointed at the attitude shown by the opposing Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI). He stated that he was disappointed by the alleged claims of PTI concerning the rigging following the by-elections recently held in Punjab.

The premier is expected to reach the US on Tuesday. It is highly expected that the premier would be asked to bring the Taliban to the negotiating desk; days after Washington said it was delaying its withdrawal from Afghanistan.

President of the United States, Barrack Obama reversed a pledge to pull troops out. He also admitted that the Afghan forces, who briefly captured a key northern city this month, were not ready to stand alone against the resurgent Taliban.

The United States views Pakistan as one of the few sources of influence over the extremists. It is said by the experts that US would be utilizing the four-day trip to urge Sharif to keep pushing for a new round of talks.

On Sunday, the Foreign Office had clarified that there is no deal being discussed by Pakistan and the US.

The US has also been keeping in view about the options concerning a nuclear deal with Pakistan.

According to a report in The Washington Post, it is said that the US is exploring their options that could carve out a way for a civil nuclear deal with Pakistan like the one concluded with India in 2005.