Nawaz Sharif says national interests of the country will be safeguarded at all costs.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has reached London on his way to the United States on a four-day official visit.

He will proceed to Washington tomorrow where he will have wide ranging talks with US President Barack Obama.

In a statement, the Prime Minister has expressed desire of Pakistan to expand and augment the scope of bilateral Strategic Dialogue Framework in a multifaceted manner.

He has also pointed out that being a sovereign country having strong democratic dispensation, Pakistan has rendered unmatched sacrifice in war on terror as a front-line State. Even now, Zarb-e-Azb’s success is a manifestation of Pakistan’s unwavering commitment to root out terrorism and extremism from each and every nook and corner of our country.

The Prime Minister has also reiterated that Pakistan’s nuclear status is a deterrence against foreign aggression.

During his stay in the United States, the Prime Minister will put across Pakistan’s point of view on bilateral, regional and international issues.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has categorically stated that there would be no compromise on Pakistan’s interests during his visit to the United States.

Talking to newsmen in London on Monday, he  said national interests of Pakistan would be safeguarded.

He expressed the confidence that his visit would help promote relations with the United States in different areas.

Replying to a question about rigging charges by PTI, the Prime Minister said he signed Charter of Democracy with Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto to lay foundations of mature politics.

The Prime Minister said talking about rigging every now and then is nothing but political immaturity.

He pointed out that PTI first levelled allegations of rigging in 2013 general elections but these were proved wrong by the Judicial Commission.

It again raised questions about NA-122 but it not only lost bye-elections in the same constituency but security deposit of its candidate was confiscated in Okara.

To another question, Mian Nawaz Sharif expressed the confidence that load-shedding would be over before next elections in 2018.

Earlier, Foreign Office Spokesman Qazi Khalilullah, in a statement said during the visit, the Prime Minister will hold discussions on wide-ranging areas of bilateral interest with President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, and various Cabinet members.

The two sides are expected to review the current state of Pakistan-US relations and identify new areas for future bilateral cooperation to further expand and enrich the canvas of this partnership. The Prime Minister will also interact with members of the US Senate and the House of Representatives.

The Prime Minister will attend a business event organized by US-Pakistan Business Council in Washington DC and address the United States Institute of Peace. Interactions with US media representatives and the Pakistani-American community are also part of the programme.

The Spokesman said the visit will provide an opportunity to further upgrade Pakistan-US relations for the promotion of peace and stability in our region.

Meanwhile, Foreign Secretary Aizaz Chaudhry has said Pakistan wants lasting partnership with the United States.

Talking to newsmen in Washington, he said Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s visit to the United States is very significant.

He said Pakistan wants cordial relations with its neighbors.

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