ISLAMABAD: President Mamnoon Hussain Wednesday said that Pakistan’s policy on dealing with terrorist sanctuaries and militant organizations is very clear and the ongoing military operation `Zarb-e-Azb’ was targeting all terrorist outfits without discrimination.
He said fighting terrorism is amongst Pakistan’s top priorities and there was a national consensus and commitment to combating terrorism in all its forms and manifestations.
The President was talking to outgoing US Ambassador Richard Olson, who paid a farewell call on him at the Aiwan-e-Sadr, said a press release.
The President expressed satisfaction that Pakistan-US relations were progressing well and highlighted the need to upgrade the bilateral relations to a long term strategic partnership.
Referring to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s upcoming visit to the US, the President said Pakistan keenly anticipated fruitful and productive engagements between the Prime Minister and President Obama during the visit.
He appreciated the security related assistance provided to Pakistan by the US government and underscored the need to expand cooperation between Pakistan and the US beyond counter terrorism.
He expressed satisfaction at the US commitment towards support for Pakistan’s economy, particularly in the energy sector and suggested the need to expand cooperation in the field of alternative and renewable energy sector as well as for the completion of projects such as Diamer Bhasha dam.
President Mamnoon Hussain observed that during the tenure of ambassador Richard Olson, relations between both countries witnessed significant improvement and expressed the hope that his successor would continue his legacy, contributing in a similar manner towards further strengthening Pakistan-US relations.
The outgoing US ambassador appreciated the Zarb-e-Azb operation and acknowledged the successes achieved against terrorists.
Richard Olson said that 1500MW electricity had been added in the national grid with the assistance of US and reaffirmed his country’s commitment for continued assistance in overcoming the energy shortage and in construction of Diamer Bhasha dam.
The President wished the outgoing ambassador success in his future endeavours.