Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has said his meeting with US President Barack Obama was positive in which they discussed various issues, including drone attacks, Dr Aafia Siddiqui, Shakil Afridi, Pakistan’s relations with India, energy crisis, bilateral trade ties and Afghanistan.
Talking to reporters in Washington and London, Nawaz reiterated that Pakistan needed to put its house in order. He said the issue of Mumbai attacks, Jamaatud Dawa and cross-border terrorism also came under discussion.
Nawaz Sharif said that he had taken up all issues at relevant forums during his visit to the United States.
The prime minister said the US should play its role for settlement of Kashmir dispute. He said although India was against third party intervention, yet Pakistan did not see any harm in it for the resolution of this longstanding dispute.
Responding to a question, the prime minister said drone attacks were against the sovereignty of Pakistan and hoped this matter will be resolved soon. Nawaz said he had emphasized that drone strikes must come to an end, besides raising the issue of Dr Aafia Siddiqui with the US president.
Calling his talks with President Obama positive, he said both sides raised their reservations on various issues. He said the two countries agreed to work together to address these concerns.
Nawaz said his government had started several projects to overcome the energy crisis in the country.
The prime minister said he invited US investors to work on energy projects in Pakistan to help the country to overcome energy crisis.
He said there were great opportunities of investment in Pakistan’s energy sector, adding that the US president assured him of his support for cooperation.
Nawaz said that Pakistan would restart attracting foreign investment as law and order was improving as a result of the government’s sincere and serious efforts.
He said he apprised President Obama that the process for dialogue with Taliban had been started as decided by the All-Parties Conference.
Nawaz said the government would ensure transparency at all levels.