ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif Saturday said that the Ankara trilateral summit was a success as the civil and military leadership of three states, interacted with each other and discussed threadbare mutual issues.
Talking to private news channel aboard, the Prime Minister said the three sides have also agreed to continue interacting in the future as well and enhance mutual cooperation. “This is a positive development,” he added.
He said there could be no two opinions on peace in Afghanistan however, the security agreement between Afghanistan and the US was a bilateral issue that should be decided by Afghanistan, considering what was best in its interest.
The Prime Minister said Pakistan respected Afghanistan’s desire for peace, and added that elimination of terrorism was a must and Pakistan was playing role for Afghanistan’s deliverance from terrorism.
He viewed that these issues were reasoned by the mishandling in the past and that both Pakistan and Afghanistan agreed on no cross border movement.
About Pakistan-India relations, the Prime Minister said the Director Generals of Military Operations (DGMOs) from both the sides, met each other and vowed for future interactions as well as end to violations of the Line of Control.
He said firing incidents at LoC have come to an end that was a good initiative for both the countries.
To a question about the delay in holding national census, he said there had been some reservations from Balochistan and Sindh provinces and recalled that in the previous stint, his government had held census in 1991.
In another interview telecasted by GEO news, the Prime Minister termed the incidents in Peshawar and Karachi as setback for the peace dialogue, initiated with Taliban.
The Prime Minister said that they had initiated the dialogue with sincerity but the incidents in Peshawar and Karachi were unfortunate.
They had claimed responsibility for the incidents in Peshawar and Karachi which were indeed setback and not good, he added.
Responding to a query, the Prime Minister said “It is my desire that not a single innocent life is lost in the country,” adding that there should be no bloodshed, and no child, woman or any personnel of law enforcement agencies should lose their lives.
“If such a desire is achieved with sincerity, I think, it will be a great achievement on my part,” he noted.
He said killing innocent people also contravened the Quranic teachings and breached the moral codes.
When the dialogue process was in process, then why such incidents occurred! he posed a question.
He said that he would talk to Irfan Siddiqui, who heads the government peace dialogue committee, on the issue.
The Prime Minister said that they had formed the committee after consensus and discarded the impression as false that the civilian and military leadership were not on the same page.
Responding to another question, the Prime Minister said that Pakistan had rich potential and if the peace was restored in the country, it could progress by leaps and bounds within five years as its people also wanted development.
He noted with satisfaction that the growth rate in Pakistan was good and the economic indicators were positive while the stock market was showing bullish trend.
He informed that the investors in Turkey had expressed their keen interest to invest on the development projects in Pakistan.
They were willing to jointly work on Motorway, Dasu dam and on Gaddani, he added.
The Prime Minister said that they had to ensure transparency in the execution of these projects, and stem wastage of time, besides providing facilities to the foreign investors.