Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has emphatically stated that Pakistan believes in peace and stability and it has no desire to enter into arms race in the region.

Talking to British National Security Adviser Kim Darroch in Islamabad on Wednesday, he said Pakistan will not allow the use of its soil against any country including Afghanistan.

The prime minister said the government's progressive policies to tackle serious challenges, particularly energy crisis, have started producing positive results. He said we have also adopted the consensus policy of peace through dialogue to curb terrorism.

The British adviser said his country supports Pakistan's internal security objectives. He also expressed confidence in government's economic policies.

Kim Darroch also held a meeting with Defence Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif and discussed with him bilateral relations and matters of mutual interest.

Khawaja Asif said political leadership and armed forces are on one page on all matters including the internal situation of the country. He said the government wants to give peace a chance.

About drawdown of 2014, the Defense Minister said Pakistan wants stable and peaceful Afghanistan. He said Pakistan is trying its best to play a neutral role and normalize relations with all stakeholders and neighbours in the region.

He said Pakistan and Britain are progressing through Enhanced Strategic Dialogue covering the entire spectrum of bilateral relations.


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