He said the joint statement issued after the meeting between Prime Minister Sharif and US President Barack Obama had dispelled the negative impressions being created in media about the bilateral ties Pakistan’s nuclear program and action against militancy.
“The leaders emphasised the importance of a sustained and resilient dialogue process between the two neighbours aimed at resolving all outstanding territorial and other disputes, including Kashmir, through peaceful means and working together to address mutual concerns of India and Pakistan regarding terrorism”, it said.
The joint statement speaks of Islamabad’s resolve to take effective action against Pakistan-based terror outfit Lashkar-e-Taeba (LeT) and its affiliates responsible for the November 2008 Mumbai terror attack – something that Pakistan was unwilling to do in the past. “There was also no nuclear deal signed – something Pakistan has hoped for a long time, arguing that the civilian use of nuclear energy could greatly help us solve our power crisis”, it added.
Both leaders called on Taliban leaders in a joint statementto enter into direct talks with Kabul and work toward a sustainable peace settlement, according to a White House release on Thursday.
Obama was also briefed about the progress Pakistan has been making on the economic front, with positive indicators, duly acknowledged by worldwide rating agencies. Reiterating Pakistan’s stance, the spokesman said that Pakistan was ready to hold talks on all issues with India, provided there are no pre-conditions and the core issue of Kashmir is included in the agenda.
“We want to see those efforts expand”.
Pakistani officials say Washington is demanding unreasonable limits on its nuclear weapons while not offering much in return apart from a hazy promise to consider Pakistan as a recognized recipient of nuclear technology. He said the Pakistan-India relationship posed the hardest and urgent challenge.
He also rejected the Pakistani stance that India is not interested in the restoration of bilateral dialogue, sponsoring terrorism in Pakistan.
The leaders emerged from a 90-minute Oval Office meeting announcing no timeline for stalled peace talks, nor any major breakthroughs on other items that topped the agenda, including concerns over the growth of Pakistan’s nuclear arsenal.
Blaming India for cancelling the NSA-level talks between the two countries on flimsy grounds, Pakistan Prime Nawaz Sharif on Friday issued a warning that Islamabad will have to take credible deterrent measures in the face of Indian “arms build-up” and “dangerous military doctrines”.
Economic corridor project be a game-changer for entire region: PM