Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and British National Security Adviser Kim Darroch at their meeting in Islamabad discussed bilateral cooperation and matters of mutual of interest.

Talking to Kim Darroch, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif emphatically stated that Pakistan believes in peace and stability of the region and it has no desire to enter into arms race in the region. He said Pakistan will not allow the use of its soil against any country including Afghanistan.

Commenting on the Prime Minister’s statement, in Nuqta-e-Nazar programme of Radio Pakistan on Wednesday, Dr. Sohail Mehmood, expert on South Asia, said: “Pakistan should not compete with India in arms race rather it should try to overcome its internal challenges like poverty, illiteracy, unemployment and law and order. Pakistan is a nuclear state and is capable to defend itself against Indian aggression.  The incumbent government is pursuing for the socio-economic development of the region”.

Taking part in the programme, Prof. Dr. A. Z. Hilali of the Political Science Department of Peshawar University said: “Pakistan has been following the non-interference policy in Afghanistan. Pakistan wants long-term and enhanced relations with Afghanistan. Pakistan is ready to extend every possible cooperation to Afghanistan in diverse fields. During his recent visit to Afghanistan, President Mamnoon Hussain reiterated Pakistan’s commitment for peace and stability of Afghanistan”.

In his comments, Chairman International Relations Department Peshawar University Dr. Adnan Sarwar said: “Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s statement regarding Afghanistan clearly indicates that Pakistan is strictly following the policy of non-interference in Afghanistan. Pakistan has no favourite candidate in the forthcoming elections of Afghanistan. Pakistan has initiated a number of welfare projects in Afghanistan.”

Concluding the debate, Prof. Dr. Ghulam Mustafa of Peshawar University said: “India has hegemonic designs in South Asia. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s statement that Pakistan will discourage arms race in South Asia, clearly indicates that Pakistan wants economic development of South Asia instead of indulging in arms race”.

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