Pakistan's nuclear weapons in safe hands, says PM at CFR

Pakistan's nuclear weapons in safe hands, says PM at CFR

Pakistan's Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, who is in the USA to attend the UN General Assembly session, said his country doesn't have a complaint if India assists Afghanistan economically, but will never accept any political or military role for India in Afghanistan. Besides discussing bilateral relations, talks focused on matters of regional peace and stability.

"That's the core issue between the two countries", Abbasi said at an event organised by the Council on Foreign Relations in NY. "It was a good meeting", Pakistan's Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua told on the 45-minute meeting between Abbasi and Pence.

Abbasi also said the United States did not appreciate the inroads made by Pakistani soldiers against safe havens used by the Pakistani Taliban. The Vice President and Prime Minister Abbasi had an important conversation about the President's South Asia strategy that was announced late last month.

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The premier said while pursuing a policy of peaceful neighbourhood, Pakistan is committed to strengthen relations with Iran.

He said that the United Nations was the only global body that holds an annual session. "As far as we are concerned, today no sanctuaries exist on Pakistani soil from which any activity takes place against Afghanistan", Abbasi said.

Dr Cheema said the world leaders were avoiding to speak on Kashmir and it was Pakistan's responsibility to seek world support on the decades-old issue.

Senior officials at the foreign ministry said that the PM's "aggressive" speech was prepared keeping in view India's interference in Pakistan and New Delhi's state-sponsored terror in Kashmir. It has always been the policy and desire of Pakistan to address complicated issues facing the region through greater collaboration amongst regional countries and influential capitals. And that issue should be resolved as per the UN Security Council resolutions.

The Pakistan Prime Minister dismissed the question of links between the Haqqani network and Pakistan's intelligence agency, the ISI. "But we don't accept or see any role politically or militarily for India in Afghanistan".